President Jonathan Endorses Efforts To Curb Threat Of Nuclear Terrorism

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President Goodluck Jonathan Monday at the Hague In the Netherlands reaffirmed Nigeria’s full Commitment to the Global Fight against the Threat Of Nuclear Terrorism, but said that Nigeria, under his Leadership will continue to pursue efforts to harness Nuclear Energy and Technology for Socio-Economic Development.

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President Jonathan said that while Nigeria will continue to support all efforts against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, the world must respect the right of countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for development purposes.

He told the gathering that in keeping with Nigeria’s commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the peaceful use of nuclear technology, the federal government has submitted an executive bill to the national assembly to accommodate the country’s obligations under International Treaties on Nuclear Safety and Security.

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The President said that Nigeria supports the immediate commencement and early conclusion of negotiations on a “non-discriminatory, multi-lateral and internationally and effectively verifiable treaty banning the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons“.

He commended the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon for establishing a group of governmental experts which will begin work in Geneva next week on the proposal.

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He thanked the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr. Mark Rutte for hosting the summit and commended President Barack Obama who was present at the opening ceremony “for his continued leadership of this important project”.

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Other world Leaders participating in the summit include President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, the President of South Korea, Ms. Park Geun-hye and the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon.

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