Nigeria will lead the way in fight against terrorism in West Africa - Buhari

Nigeria will lead the way in fight against terrorism in West Africa - Buhari

- President wants measures to be taking against extremist preaching by religious clerics in the West Africa sub region

- Presidential spokesman Adesina said Buhari also promised Nigeria's commitment to leading the anti-terrorism campaign the region

- President Buhari said all these at a meeting with other leaders at the counter-terrorism summit in Aqaba, Jordan

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria is ready to lead the battle against terrorism in the West Africa region.

The president said this during a meeting with other leaders at the counter-terrorism summit in Aqaba, Jordan.

According to a statement by presidential media adviser Femi Adesina, President Buhari assured the other leaders of Nigeria's commitment to ending reign of terror in West Africa.

The statement read: "President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the commitment of Nigeria to playing a leading role in bringing together countries of the West African sub-region in a collective security arrangement.

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"Speaking in Jordan at a security meeting hosted by King Abdullah II, President Buhari said that with what Nigeria had gone through, it was ready to share the experiences with a view to fashioning out comprehensive action plans in tackling the scourge of violent extremism in the region.

"While calling for a stronger and well-coordinated collaboration, President Buhari said that the joint regional collaboration under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Task Force, combined with the efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces, had gone a long way to decimate the activities of extremists in the West African region."

President Buhari is also not pleased with the extremist teachings of religious clerics. This, he said, has formed a basis for the joining of terrorist groups by people.

"The Nigerian President lamented that insurgents were able to attract members in their fold because of the insidious preaching of extremist clerics and called for an action plan to halt the trend.

"President Buhari also urged leaders, especially from the Muslim world to speak up against the hateful violence committed by deranged people in the name of Islam."

He added that “All nations, irrespective of religion should partner effectively in implementing national, regional and global action plans to counter violent extremism.”

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Adesina reports that at the end of the meeting, participants resolved to come up with concrete action plans that would change the narrative of violent extremism in the West African sub-region at a follow-up meeting to be hosted by Nigeria. had earlier reported that President Buhari told King Abdullah II of Jordan that regional cooperation is urgently needed to combat the world-wide threat of violent extremism.

Adesina, Buhari's spokesperson, said the president spoke at a bilateral meeting with the king and stressed that inter-regional cooperation and information sharing had become very vital to fight terrorism.

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