Despite the current security challenges in the country, all participants in next month’s World Economic Forum, WEF, on Africa slated for Abuja, have been guaranteed their safety, President Goodluck Jonathan reassured on Thursday.
He gave the reassurance, according to a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati, while receiving China’s new Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Gu Xiaojie, who presented his letters of credence to Mr. Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the security challenges being experienced in parts of the country will have no adverse effect on the safety of participants at the forum.
He commended China for confirming the participation of its delegation, to be led by Premier Li Keqiang at the Forum.
The Forum, President Jonathan noted, will bring together regional and global leaders to discuss innovative structural reforms and investments that can sustain the continent’s current growth trajectory and create jobs.
He said: “I am quite pleased that the Premier of the People’s Republic of China has confirmed that he is coming. We will be addressing the World Economic Forum on Africa together. We will also sit down together to discuss shared national interests.”
“We will give all participants a good reception in Abuja. We have faced challenges in the area of security, but we will overcome the situation so that our economy can move forward faster. Participants will not have a problem with security during the summit”.