By Ben Agande
Abuja—President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja for Ndjamena, Chad, 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 with Nigeria’s neighbours.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, said the talks with President Deby, who is also the chairman of African Union’s, AU Peace and Security Council, is a follow-up on their discussions in Nairobi last week on the sidelines of the African Union Peace and Security Council Summit.
It said President Jonathan and his host will 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 are expected to strengthen the Paris Accord on joint border patrols, intelligence sharing and prevention of illicit movement of terrorists, arms and ammunition across shared borders.
“Before returning to Abuja tomorrow, President Jonathan will be a Special Guest of Honour at an international conference on Information Technology and Communication holding in Ndjamena on the same day,” the statement read.