Buhari, other presidents absent as Gulf of Guinea Summit holds in Abuja

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the fourth summit of the Gulf of Guinea Commission at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Credit: Sani Tukur. November 23, 2017.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the fourth summit of the Gulf of Guinea Commission at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Credit: Sani Tukur. November 23, 2017.

President Muhammadu Buhari and his counterparts from other Gulf of Guinea countries were on Thursday absent as a meeting of Heads of States of member nations opened in Abuja.

Mr. Buhari is being represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as the fourth summit of the eight -member nation holds at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

The Gulf of Guinea Commission was established by a Treaty signed in Libreville, Gabon, on July 3, 2001 by Angola, Congo, Gabon, Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe.

The treaty constituted a permanent Institutional framework for cooperation amongst the countries bordering the Gulf of Guinea in order to defend their common interest and promote peace and socio-economic development based on dialogue, consensus, ties of friendship, solidarity and fraternity.

Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo joined the Gulf of Guinea Commission in 2008.

While Mr. Buhari is represented by Mr. Osinbajo, the president of Gabon, Ali Bongo, is also being represented by his vice, Pierre-Claver Maganga.

The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo, is represented by the country’s Prime Minister Vicente Tomi; President Paul Biya of Cameroon is being represented by the Foreign Affairs Minister of the country, Mbella Mbella; the Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, Joseph Kabila, that of Congo, Dennis Sassous Nguessou and that of Angola, Joao Lourenco were all represented by their ambassadors in Nigeria.


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  • Musiings

    Who wants to sit down and discuss with Buhari? Well, except he who has nothing serious to do or who wants to listen to inaudible statements. Imagine how a meeting meant for Presidents has turned to meeting of VPs because of resentment and disregard for the host president. Would these presidents send their VPs to represent them in France, Ghana or South Africa. Lets learn to elect capable, educated and smart human beings as president next time so that Nigeria will have some respect.

    • Otile

      But the Yorubas are still insisting tha Imam Buhari is the answer.

  • Frankly speaking

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    1st summit held in LIBREVILLE, 25 AUGUST 2006
    ===============
    1. Mr TEODORO OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO, President, Republic of Equatorial Guinea;
    2. Mr JOSE EDUARDO DOS SANTOS, President, Republic of Angola;
    3. Chief OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, President, Republic of Nigeria;
    4. FRADIQUE BANDEIRA MELO DE MENEZES, President, Republic of São Tomé and Principe;
    5. PAUL BIYA, President of the Republic of Cameroon
    6. SSOU NGUESSO, President of the Republic of Congo;
    7. JOSEPH KABILA KABANGE, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

    ==============
    2nd Summit hels in Luanda (Republic of Angola), on November 25, 2008
    ==============
    1. EL-HADJ OMAR BONGO ONDIMBA, President, Republic of Gabon
    2. JOSE EDUARDO DOS SANTOS, President, Republic of Angola
    3. TEODORO OBIANG NGUEMA, President, Republic of Equatorial Guinea
    4. FRADIQUE DE MENEZES, President, Republic of Sao Tome e Principe
    5. DENIS SASSOU NGUESSO, President of the Republic of Congo
    6. GOODLUCK JONATHAN, President, Republic of Nigeria

    …So why are all presidents refusing to come to Nigeria when they attended other summits personally?