Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated that the United States is in no way imposing its nuclear framework on Nigeria.
He was reacting to speculation about President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent trip to Washington DC for the Nuclear Summit.
He said the Nuclear summit which was centred on the risks of nuclear radiation material falling into the hands of terrorists, entailed putting in place a framework for leaders across the globe on mechanisms to ensure these materials do not fall into the hands of terrorists, the transformation of highly enriched uranium which Nigeria currently has to low uranium, and clarify its objective for utilisation as a source of alternative energy for the country.
“Also vital were facilities to be put in place to monitor use of radiation in other sectors. Nigeria presently has one main nuclear facility which is monitored occasionally. President Buhari at the meeting highlighted these steps to show Nigeria is fully compliant with the framework of the summit,” Onyeama said.
The Minister who was in the president’s entourage together with the Minister of Defence, Alh. Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, among others, revealed that the trip involved other meetings such as the bi national commission meeting framework to situate Nigeria’s engagement across the sectors with the US.