Buhari President to leave Abuja for Washington DC tomorrow

Buhari will insist that world powers must respect the right of other countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

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The Presidency has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will be travelling to the Washington DC in the United States on Wednesday, March 30, to attend the 4th Nuclear Security Summit.

At the plenary sessions of the summit which is dedicated to reinforcing international commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, Buhari will insist that world powers must respect the right of other countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for development purposes, a statement by the President's spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, says.

According to Adesina, 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.

Earlier this month, Buhari had told the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr. Yukiya Amano that the Federal Government will welcome greater support from the agency for Nigeria's aspiration to begin the generation of electricity with nuclear energy.

The President will be accompanied to the Summit which opens on Thursday, March 31, 2016, by the Director-General of Nigeria's Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Prof. Lawrence Anikwe Dim, Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar,  Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) among others.

Buhari is expected to return to Abuja from Washington DC on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

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