The presidency has revealed the reason President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in Ndjamena, the capital of Chad to meet other African leaders.
The president arrived in Chad on Saturday, April 13 for a visit after just days after returning from another to Dubai.
According to a statement signed by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu, the presidency says Buhari is in Chad to seek cooperation of other African nations to stop inflow of small arms to Nigeria.
The statement read: "President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday arrived in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital seeking wider cooperation among countries of Sahel and Saharan regions to counter the infiltration of small arms to Nigeria, flowing into the hands of militia forces, bandits and insurgents who are becoming a threat to human rights and internal security."
President Buhari is taking part in the one-day Extraordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) alongside his host and current Chairperson of CEN-SAD, Idriss Deby Itno and their counterparts from Niger and Togo, with high-level representations from other member-countries.
The statement said Nigeria under President Buhari has worked closely with immediate neighbours in the last few years to stem the widespread availability of small arms and light weapons making their way into Nigeria.
However, the “very disturbing recent developments” is what compelled the administration to seek support from a wider circle of countries if the illegal inflows are to be curtailed.
President Buhari will also discuss with Nigeria's neighbours the problems of irregular migration, trafficking in persons, especially of women and children as part of the security nature of his engagements.
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"While in N’Djamena, President Buhari is also expected to press for the protection of the well-being of the large population of Nigerians living both legally and illegally in Libya, which is the host country of the CEN-SAD Secretariat," the statement added.
Legit.ng had reported that President Buhari cut short his trip to Dubai over the attacks in northern Nigeria.
The president was initially scheduled to return to Abuja from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday, April 10, at about 1.30 am.
However, the presidential aircraft carrying the president, his aides and some members of his entourage landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 10.45 pm.
The president’s decision to cut short his official engagements in Dubai was said to be connected to security developments in Zamfara, Kaduna and some other parts of the country.
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