Buhari takes nuclear energy usage campaign to Washington

29 March 2016, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja for Washington DC on Wednesday to participate in the 4th Nuclear Security Summit which opens there on Thursday.

Muhammadu Buhari

President Buhari

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President will join President Barack Obama and about 60 other world leaders and heads of international organisations at the summit.

“At plenary sessions of the summit which is dedicated to reinforcing international commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, President Buhari 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 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,” Adesina said.

The presidential spokesman recalled that at a meeting with the Presideng in Abuja earlier this month,  Buhari 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.

He said while in Washington DC for the Nuclear Security Summit, the 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 (retd.); and the Director-General of Nigeria’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Prof. Lawrence Anikwe Dim, will also  hold bilateral meetings with other participating Heads of Government and high-ranking United States Government officials.

Buhari will depart Washington DC for Abuja on Sunday.

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