Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River State and Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's President.

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, South-South Nigeria, is in the delegation of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari to two high-level meetings in Lome, the capital of Togo, West Africa.

The Cross River State governor was elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to President Buhari, said his principal will be attending the joint Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)/Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) summit as well as the 53rd ordinary session of the ECOWAS authority of heads of state and government.

The Presidential spokesman made this known in a statement he issued on Saturday, July 28 in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Shehu said the joint ECOWAS/ECCAS summit which will be held on deliberate on common security threats to countries in West Africa and members of ECCAS.

He added that the summit is targeted at forging “concerted strategies” in tackling terrorism, trans-border crimes and other forms of violent extremism.

The presidential spokesman said the president will on Tuesday join other leaders of the sub-region for the ECOWAS session which “will be dominated by the political and security situations in Guinea Bissau, Mali and Togo.

Others in the delegation are Abubakar Bello, governor of Niger state and five ministers, including Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.

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