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Buhari Leaves Abuja Wednesday For 4th Nuclear Security Summit In Washington DC


President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja Wednesday for Washington DC to join President Barack Obama and about 60 other world leaders and heads of international organizations at the 4th Nuclear Security Summit which opens on Thursday.

At plenary sessions of the summit aimed at reinforcing international commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, Mr. President will insist that while Nigeria will 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 according to a statement issued Tuesday by his SA on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adeshina, Buhari will 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.

President Buhari had at a meeting in Abuja, 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.

Mr. 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, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and the Director-General of Nigeria’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Prof. Lawrence Anikwe Dim, will at the sideline hold bilateral meetings with other participating Heads of Government and high-ranking United States Government officials.

He and his entourage are due back to Abuja on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

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