PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan is to travel to Ndjamena today for talks with his Chadian counterpart, President Idriss Deby, in continuation of the Federal Government’s efforts to forge a stronger alliance against terrorism and violent extremism ravaging northern Nigeria and her neighbours.
The talks in Ndjamena with President Deby, who is also the current chairman of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, were to come as follow-up on discussions in Nairobi, last week, on the sidelines of the African Union Peace and Security Council Summit.
Presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, in a statement on Sunday, noted that President Jonathan and his host would discuss the further actualisation of agreements for greater cooperation against insurgents and terrorists reached by Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon at a meeting in Paris, earlier this year.
Their talks, he said, were expected to lead to the strengthening of the Paris accord on joint border patrols, intelligence sharing and the prevention of the illicit movement of terrorists, criminals, arms and ammunition across shared borders.
Before returning to Abuja on Tuesday, President Jonathan, who will be a special guest of honour at an international conference on Information Technology and Communication holding in Ndjamena on the same day, will be accompanied by the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd), Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Nurudeen Mohammed and the Director-General
of the National Space Research and
Development Agency, Professor Sheidu Mohammed.