Jonathan to attend ECOWAS emergency summit on Ebola


President Goodluck Jonathan will continue his shuttle diplomacy on Thursday as he joins other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra for an Emergency Summit on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which continues to ravage Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The emergency summit which will also be attended by representatives of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation will seek greater international support and collaboration for the containment of the Ebola outbreak.

A statement signed by Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, said “Jonathan who will be accompanied to the summit by the acting Minister of Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan and the Director of the National Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Abdulsalami Nasidi, is expected to avail the gathering of the benefit of Nigeria’s successful containment of the deadly EVD after it entered the country in July this year through a traveller from Liberia.”

The President will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the one-day summit.

Jonathan had earlier today arrived Ouagadougou as a member of the three-man delegation of Heads of State and Government raised by ECOWAS to facilitate the rapid resolution of the current political crisis in Burkina Faso.

Other members of the delegation of ECOWAS leaders are President Macky Sall of Senegal and President John Mahama of Ghana who is the current Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.