President Buhari attends 4th Nuclear Summit in USA

By Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja for Washington DC tomorrow, Wednesday, March 30, for the 4th Nuclear Security Summit which opens on Thursday, March 31.

President Buhari will join the US President, Barack Obama and about 60 other world leaders and heads of international organizations.

The plenary sessions of the summit will be dedicated to reinforcing international commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The Special Adviser to the President on media and Publicity, Femi Adesina says, “President Buhari will insist that Nigeria will continue to sustain the pressure that world powers must respect the right of other countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for development purposes.”

Socio-economic development
The President will also 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.

It will be recalled that at a meeting with him in Abuja earlier this month, President Buhari told the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano that “the Federal Government will welcome greater support from the agency for Nigeria’s aspiration to begin the generation of electricity with nuclear energy.”

The President’s delegation 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, Major-General Babagana Monguno and the Director-General of Nigeria’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Professor Lawrence Anikwe Dim.

The Nigerian team 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 on Sunday.