President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, returned to Abuja after a successful outing at the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he was conferred as the anti-corruption Champion.
The theme of the 30th AU Summit was; “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”
The President’s aircraft landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi International Airport Abuja at about 2.20p.m.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari; Inspector-General of Police Idris Ibrahim; the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Musa Bello; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr Ahmed Abubakar; and other presidential aides were at the airport to welcome the President.
President Buhari had on Jan. 27 started his four-day engagement in Addis Ababa when he joined 14 other members of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union to discuss conflict and crisis situations across the continent.
The meeting discussed the persistence of violent conflicts and crisis situations in some parts of the continent, the upsurge of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees, climate change and its consequences as well as the issue of the derailment of national development programmes.
The meeting also reviewed the situations in Somalia, South Sudan, Libya, Guinea Bissau, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as President Buhari, at the meeting, stressed the need to curb the flow of terrorism financing.
The President, who spoke under the theme, “Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Combat the Transnational Threat to Terrorism”, maintained that “concerted efforts must be made to dismantle the network between transnational organised crimes and terrorist organisations, and also to block the payment of ransom to terrorist groups.
Buhari expressed Nigeria’s grave concern over the increasing threats posed by transnational terrorism and the attendant humanitarian crisis and also condemned in the strongest terms the continued activities of the terrorist groups in Africa, and around the world and called for more concerted action by the African body and the international community to address the global scourge.
According to him, in doing that, the conditions that are conducive to the spread of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism must first be addressed adding that collaborative measures must be taken to disrupt the recruitment of terrorists, their financing networks and the movement of foreign fighters.
THEWILL recalls that President Buhari and ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo had exchanged pleasantries briefly before the opening ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly.
Their contact marked the first time both men met since the controversial special letter released by Obasanjo criticizing Buhari’s administration and advising him not to seek re-election in 2019.
President Buhari also attended the closing ceremony of the summit on Monday where the African Union inaugurated the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).
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