President Jonathan Heads To Chad For Talks, Schooling On Tackling Boko Haram

President Goodluck Jonathan will travel to Ndjamena tomorrow for talks with his Chadian counterpart, Idriss Deby, over terrorism.

Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, said in a statement on Sunday that this was in continuation of the Federal Government’s efforts towards forging a stronger alliance against terrorism and violent extremism with Nigeria’s neighbours.

He said Jonathan’s talks with Deby, who is also the current Chairman of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, followed their discussions in Nairobi last week on the sidelines of the African Union Peace and Security Council Summit.

He said 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.

According to Abati, the talks are 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.

He added that Jonathan would be a special guest of honour at an international conference on Information Technology and Communication holding in Ndjamena Tuesday before returning to Abuja same day.

Jonathan will be accompanied by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd); the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson; the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs,  Dr Nurudeen Mohammed and the Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, Professor Sheidu Mohammed.