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Security, Anti-Graft War Top Buhari’s G7 Summit Agenda

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Nigeria’s security problems, corruption and the nation’s power problems will top the list of requests for assistance President Muhammadu Buhari will present to the G7 meeting of world leaders in Germany.

President Buhari arrived in Munich, Germany, on Sunday, June 7, 2015 on a two-day official visit to participate in the G-7 Outreach Programme for invited heads of government and global institutions.

According to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President was received on arrival by the Vice Minister-President of Bavaria, Mrs. Inge Aigner.

Shehu said Buhari arrived in Munich, Germany, on Sunday with a “wish list” of Nigeria in line with the demand of the G7 industrialised countries.

He said the G7 had earlier requested Buhari to prepare a shopping list and come with it for their consideration in a goodwill gesture towards the new leader and the country.

He said top on the list the President would tender before the G7 leaders is on the problem of security.

“These development issues, many and varied as they are, touch on the economy, combating corruption, increased foreign direct investment; power and energy, infrastructure, environment, enhanced transparency in elections and good governance,” he added.

Shehu, who is currently on Buhari’s entourage, disclosed this in a statement from Munich on Sunday.

The President will hold meetings on the sidelines with the host, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel; the French President, Francois Hollande; Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper; the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe; and the World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

Mr. Buhari is accompanied on the trip by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State; former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN); a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau; as well as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Paul Lolo.

Before returning to Nigeria on Monday, June 8, 2015, President Buhari is expected  to hold bilateral talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and other G-7 leaders in the course of the Outreach Session and a working lunch at the Elmau Castle.

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