Buhari Leaves for US, to Push for Nigeria’s Right to Nuclear Energy 

President Muhammadu Buhari

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.

  • Mark Daniels

    Agala travel you dont have nuclear power and dont need harness gas first.

  • Daniel Obior

    Nigeria is a country where the lowest safety standards cannot be met and nuclear power is light years away for us. It is a country where basic needs such as electricity supply and running water is absent for the majority of her citizens. Basic healthcare is virtually non-existent, roads need repair, there is continuous fuel shortage and above all the economy is in a big mess. Is this therefore the time for Buhari to travel again, on a nuclear proliferation mission, for which the priority ought to be at the bottom of the pile? Why does he not delegate by asking a minister to attend? This is the height of incompetence being displayed by Buhari. Granted he does not know better due to his lack of appropriate education. Why is he not being well advised by his advisers? He probably has surrounded himself with people like him. If so, we are all in very deep trouble.

    • manasseh

      If there is any way Nigerians can have a better power generation, let the president go for it. Sitting in Abuja is not the solution to all the problems you have mentioned but looking for concrete ways of solving them is what makes him our president.

      • BankyMons

        Are you for real? Nuclear power generation in Nigeria?????? You guys are absolutely nuts sorry. You have very warped sense of worth in Nigeria – you cannot even manufacture pencil but you want a nuclear plant to generate electricity????

      • Daniel Obior

        It is obvious from your comment that you do not know what nuclear power means. You cannot run gas turbines efficiently yet you are talking about nuclear power. Given our poor safety records, half our population will be wiped out by radioactive leaks. Finally, you must consider Buhari’s work done, such that he does not need to sit in Abuja. Flying aimlessly all over the place is your idea of governing. Please wake up man.

  • BankyMons

    Wrong priorities!Once his western handlers say jump, Mr Muhammad Buhari will only ask how high? This man is as thick as two short planks!

  • Jon West

    Nuclear reactors in Nigeria? Please run for dear life and run very far, if possible out of the African continent. These are people who are incapable of managing even a small generator and of the most basic safety procedures and you want to acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes? Because the Iranians have done so? Any way the good news is that nobody in the nuclear power industry is stupid enough to sell you such technology and equipment.

    Yes, in some form, Nigeria should be able to harness nuclear energy for peaceful and if necessary combative purposes, but the barely literate jackboots in military fatigues, who destroyed the fabric of Nigerian society and intellectual content made that impossible. Now a poster boy of that failed group, the Certificateless One, is leading the country to oblivion and really thinks anybody takes our participation at this forum serious? Really? Nigeria and nuclear power? A country that cannot even maintain its simple Infrstructure, where there is very little electricity from conventional sources and where health care facilities are non-existent, will acquire nuclear power?
    The world must be laughing at us as always.