Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja for Washington DC today to join President Barack Obama and about 60 other world leaders and heads of international organisations at the fourth Nuclear Security Summit which will open tomorrow.
A statement issued in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari would speak at plenary sessions of the summit which is dedicated to reinforcing international commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Adesina said Buhari would tell the summit that while Nigeria would continue to sustain that commitment, world powers must respect the right of other countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for development purposes.
The president would reaffirm Nigeria’s stance that international efforts to ensure greater security of nuclear materials should maintain a balance between nuclear non-proliferation obligations and the indisputable right of Nigeria and other countries to harness nuclear energy and technology for socio-economic development.
At a meeting with him in Abuja earlier this month, Buhari told the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr. Yukiya Amano, that the federal government would welcome greater support from the agency for Nigeria’s aspiration to begin the generation of electricity with nuclear energy.
While in Washington DC for the Nuclear Security Summit, the president and his delegation which includes Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama; the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and the Director-General of Nigeria’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Prof Lawrence Anikwe Dim, will also hold bilateral meetings with other participating heads of government and high-ranking United States Government officials.
President Buhari will depart Washington DC for Abuja next Sunday.
THISDAY Deputy Editor, Nation’s Capital, Tobi Soniyi will be at the summit in Washington DC to cover the proceedings.