Nigeria: Lagos “Ready” to host WEF if needed..Forum on Africa 2014 to go ahead as planned


LAGOS pledged its readiness to host the upcoming World Economic Forum if it was moved from Abuja owing to security concerns.

Lagos State Commission of Transport in, Kayode Opeifa, said the state had the capacity to host the event “even at the slightest short notice.”

Opeifa noted that with working surveillance system in Lagos state, the state could organize the event better.

“Lagos is always ready for big events. If the security challenges have become so enormous for government to decide to shut down Abuja, then our advice is that they should move the event to Lagos. We are ready to successfully host the event at the shortest notice. We have the security in place,” he said.

The commissioner highlighted the efforts of Lagos State government in managing a functional surveillance system, thereby tasking the security experts present to mount pressure on the federal government to do the needful by making the Abuja cameras work.

He noted that no matter the amounts spent on the security, the cameras should be operational.

“The question we should begin to ask is why we are not secured as a nation, security experts need to ask those in Abuja looting our treasury.

Compared to cameras in Abuja, those in Lagos are working, so those in Abuja can work too. The cameras are not deaf and dumb; it is those who installed them that are deaf and dumb.”

He expressed concern the government was restricting people’s movements ahead of WEF.

Inspite of two incidents of bombing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, by suspected insurgents in recent weeks, the World Economic Forum (WEF) yesterday assured that the forum would go ahead with its summit as planned, but amid tightened security.

Oliver Cann, Associate Director, Media Relations of the WEF said in a statement yesterday, that the World Economic Forum has received assurances from President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, that security arrangements in Abuja will ensure a smooth and successful meeting next week.

“The World Economic Forum on Africa 2014 will go ahead as planned next week following assurances by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his government, on the robustness of the security arrangements that are being put in place for the meeting.”

The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa comes at a crucial time for the continent. Taking place under the theme, Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs, it will bring together over 1,000 leaders from across politics, business and civil society, including Premier Li Keqiang of China and eleven African heads of state and government, as well as President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and senior members of the Nigerian government.

The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa will take place in Abuja, Nigeria, on 7-9 May 2014 convening over 1,000 leaders from politics, business and civil society.


this is what boko haram are trying to influence..its about timing and nigeria would be very embarrassed with further abductions of girls again..holding the WEF in nigeria does highlight where the elite are focused..but thats no shock to us..will it be a competition now to see who can find/save the girls and give the most support..china versus america..


~ by seeker401 on May 7, 2014.

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    Another 300 Killed in Attack on Border Town with Cameroun
    No fewer than 300 people were killed on Monday night in Gamboru Ngala, a border town with Cameroun, when heavily armed Boko Haram insurgents laid siege to the town in Borno State.
    … insurgents targeted a local market, where they fired sporadically into the crowd before proceeding to the town to wreak more havoc.
    … Senator Ahmed Zannah, who represents the area in the Senate, confirmed the killings. He said the invaders spent about 12 hours wreaking havoc on the defenceless Nigerians.
    … almost all the houses and shops in the town were burnt down…
    many people were wounded, while surviving victims had been rendered homeless as thousands of houses and shops were burnt by the rampaging gunmen.
    He claimed that the attackers were armed with dangerous weapons comprising armoured personnel carriers (APCs), improvised explosive devices (IEDs), petrol bombs, assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs).
    “The attackers stormed the communities in the night when residents were asleep, setting ablaze houses and shot residents who tried to escape from the fire,” he said…”

    (Copied from the other Nigeria abduction thread):
    More girls have been abducted:
    “…at least eight girls, between the ages of 12 and 15… were snatched Sunday night from the village of Warabe.
    The village is located in the rural northeast, near the border of Cameroon, an area considered a stronghold for Boko Haram, a group that U.S. officials say has received training from al Qaeda affiliates….”

    Just in time for the forum, first hand accounts of girls that escaped hit the news:

    Jmo, but I am betting “boko haram” wants a great deal more military presence in Nigeria to secure Royal Dutch Shell’s, Chevron’s, Exxon-Mobil’s, Agip’s, & Total’s oil sites & the mining concerns of whoever shows up at the forum to bid on these.

  2. Another significant economic meeting regarding Nigeria:
    ” Nigeria and China Wednesday agreed to cooperate on defence and security, as well as strengthen cooperation in counter terrorism, anti-piracy and combating organised crimes.
    Also, China promised to assist Nigeria in its fight against terror, especially its commitment and efforts to rescue the girls that were abducted by Islamist terror group, Boko Haram at Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.
    President Goodluck Jonathan dropped the hint while briefing the press at the end of bilateral talks with Premier of the Peoples Republic of China, Li Keqiang.
    The premier is paying an Official Visit to Nigeria from 6th to 8th of May.
    Keqiang according to Jonathan, was in the country in a dual capacity, on official bilateral visit, and also participating at the World Economic Forum…”

    • “will it be a competition now to see who can find/save the girls and give the most support..china versus america..”

      ties in with what i said..

      • I am thinking the competition is really just so much window dressing for public consumption and the US and Africom are there as China’s hired help, but either way the race is on!

    “Nigeria’s military had advance warning of an attack on the town where some 270 girls were kidnapped but failed to act, Amnesty International says.
    The human rights group says it was told by credible sources that the military had more than four hours’ warning of the raid by Boko Haram militants…”

    Amnesty international would not be high on my list of trusted sources, but perhaps more information will emerge that supports or discredits this statement.

  4. Enter the UN Security Council:
    “The U.N. Security Council on Friday expressed outrage at the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian school girls in two attacks by Islamist militants, demanding their immediate release and threatening to take action against the insurgents.
    …”The members of the Security Council expressed their intention to actively follow the situation of the abducted girls and to consider appropriate measures against Boko Haram,” the 15-member council, which includes Nigeria, said in a statement.
    The council “demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all abducted girls still in captivity and further expressed their deep concern at statements made by the alleged leader of Boko Haram threatening to sell these girls as slaves.”
    The Security Council could blacklist Boko Haram and impose targeted sanctions on members of the group, diplomats said.
    …U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan had accepted his offer to send a high-level U.N. envoy “to discuss how the United Nations can better support the government’s efforts to tackle the internal challenges.”…”

    • “The Security Council could blacklist Boko Haram and impose targeted sanctions on members of the group, diplomats said.” they hadnt done all this already? yet Russia is sanctioned in the blink of an eye!

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