Jonathan off to US today

2010-04-10
THE SUN Newspaper-Lucky Nwankwere

Acting President Goodluck Jonathan will today leave the country for the United States of America to attend the international nuclear summit taking place in Washington DC from April 12 to 14, 2010.
The trip is his first outside the country since becoming acting president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

A statement issued by Jonathan’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mr. Ima Niboro, listed a one-on-one meeting with President Barack Obama tomorrow as one of the major highlights of the acting president’s visit to the US. He is also expected to meet with US Vice President, Mr. Joe Biden, the US congressional black caucus as well as the president of the World Bank, the statement added.

The summit itself, according to Niboro, is expected to focus on the control of vulnerable nuclear materials across the globe and to ensure that such materials do not fall into the hands of wrong people.
The summit is also part of the global effort to attain higher levels of nuclear security, which is essential for peaceful development and the global expansion of nuclear energy to countries such as Nigeria.

Niboro said the president of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has been fully apprised of the acting president’s US trip and that senior government functionaries, including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, the National Security Adviser, Gen. Aliyu Gusau and the Principal Secretary to the Acting President would be fully on ground during his absence. Meanwhile, Jonathan yesterday urged traditional rulers in the country to support government in tackling kidnapping, which he said was threatening investment in the country.
He made the appeal in Abuja when he received a 35-man delegation of the South-West traditional rulers, led by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, who paid him a solidarity visit in at the Presidential Villa.

The acting president said traditional rulers could do a lot to checkmate kidnapping, which has been picked up by some misguided youth in various parts of the country as a lucrative venture by bringing back the good old communal living in their domain.
“We must stop it now or else it will discourage investors,” Jonathan stated.
He, however, commended the role played by traditional rulers in the promotion of peace and stability in the country, saying their stabilizing role was most appreciated, especially at a time the government needs to forge ahead in its quest to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
In his earlier remarks, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuade, had commended the efforts of the government in addressing infrastructural need.






 

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