President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday embark on a two-day visit to Yaounde, Cameroon.
According to a statement on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President will continue his ongoing effort to build a more effective regional coalition against Boko Haram during the trip.
Adesina said Buhari would use the opportunity of the trip to engage President Paul Biya and senior Cameroonian government officials in talks.
The presidential spokesman said the talks between the President and his Cameroonian counterpart were expected to focus on the full activation and deployment of the Multinational Joint Task Force against Boko Haram, which had been established under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
The statement read, “President Buhari, who will be accompanied on the two-day trip by six state governors as well as the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, will also discuss further joint measures to curb terrorism, violent extremism and other cross-border crimes with President Biya and Cameroonian government officials.
“The State Governors on the President’s entourage are Alhaji Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa State, Mr. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Mr. Ben Ayade of Cross River State and Mr. Darius Ishaku of Taraba State.
“President Buhari will also use the opportunity of his visit to Yauonde, to meet with Nigerians living in Cameroon.”
Adesina said the President, who was due back in Abuja on Thursday, would also undertake a one-day trip to Benin Republic on Saturday for talks with President Boni Yayi.
The trip, he said, would be used to round-off the President’s diplomatic shuttles to neighbouring countries, which he embarked upon on assumption of office to strengthen regional cooperation against terrorism and make it much harder for Boko Haram to operate across national boundaries.