Buhari on Monday lament­ed that insecurity and mari­time crimes are threatening the economic opportunities within the Gulf of Guinea, advising that the situation needs collaborative efforts, among stakeholders.

The president expressed his regret on this sad devel­opment at the International Maritime Conference held in Onne, Rivers State, as part of the 66th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy with the theme, ‘Optimising Collabo­ration for Maritime Security and Socio-Economic Develop­ment in Africa’.

Represented at the event by the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, President Buhari described the theme of the conference as apt and timely, as it would fashion out the best way for­ward for collaboration among the various security agencies to stamp out or drastically re­duce maritime crime.

President Buhari also com­mended the efforts of the Ni­gerian Navy which he said has brought about decline in sea piracy and ultimate­ly delisting of Nigeria from the International Maritime Bureau of piracy list since March 2022.

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