Second Regional Summit on terrorism opens in Abuja

Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

French President François Holland and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari met ahead of the Second Regional Security Meeting. They will sign defence and cultural cooperation.

The second Regional Security summit has opened in Abuja to be attended by many presidents.

The Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina says issues of terrorism especially defeating boko haram will be the main focus of the leaders.

Countries of the lakes Chad Basin areas like Nigeria, Cameroun, Chad, Niger and Benin have been worst hit due to boko haram insurgency and these leaders will want active economic activities in the area restored there.

Again the aim of this summit is to end the war against boko haram in the northeast and to organise the return of the millions of people who have fled their homes.

Signing agreements
Before the start of the summit, President Muhammadu Buhari and his French Counterpart, Francois Holland, met at the State House.

Nigeria’s Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, says that during his visit, French President Francois Holland will sign defence and cultural agreements between the two countries.

Leaders from neighbouring countries, Cameroun, Chad, Niger and Benin also attended the summit.

These countries under the Lake Chad Basin Commission have set up a task force to fight boko haram.

They have also set up the Multi National Joint task Force, to fight the terrorists but many of these countries simply contribute soldiers without also giving enough money to pay and maintain them.

Just two week ago, the French and Nigerian Ministers of defence signed an operational cooperation document detailing 28 areas to be tackled before the end of this year.

They include training on handling improvised explosives Devices, combat and rescue among other.

The First Regional security Summit was hosted by France last year which was also attended by President Muhammadu Buhari among other world leaders.