Buhari Asks Commonwealth’s Support

Buhari Asks Commonwealth’s Support

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently in Malta, has asked the formation of a Commonwealth committee to supervise the rendering of bigger assistance and support to Nigeria that has been suffered from the Boko Haram terror attacks.

Buhari Asks Commonwealth’s Support
Buhari shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II

Nigerian leader was speaking at a banquet hosted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for Heads of State and Government participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Buhari hoped that the commission would have been launched before the next meeting of the body.

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Nigerian president stated that he also expects the committee to visit member-countries of the Commonwealth where terror groups have constituted a combat zone with a view to develop practical strategies for more substantive assistance to the affected countries.

President Buhari advised the Commonwealth to display greater resolve in assisting Nigeria and other developing nations in its ranks to defeat the problems of economic development, security, terrorism and corruption.


He said: “With the improvement of global communications, terrorism has no borders now. What happened recently in France had a profound effect on all of us, but very few countries realize that Nigeria has suffered terrorist casualties of over 10,000 killed in the last six years.

“Right now, we have over two million internally displaced persons, most of whom are women and children, and most of the children are orphans.”

“We have agreed to a joint task-force for the elimination of Boko Haram, but it may not be easy, especially after the events in Libya when trained people with weapons moved back to Sahel region from where they were recruited by the former Libyan leader.

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“Those weapons and expertise in their use are now aggravating the situation in the Sahel and further south,” President Buhari stated.

While calling for greater international support for Nigeria the leader of the nation expressed his government's appreciation of the helping already being received from the Commonwealth, Britain, the Group of Seven Industrialized Nations, France and the United States.

President Buhari added: “I am grateful to Britain, France and the United States. They have already sent teams to train the Nigeria Military and Police in the control of terrorism.

“The Commonwealth has helped us in so many ways by the visible support they have been giving to help us overcome the problem of terrorism.”

Buhari, who came to power in May, has made crushing the six-year rebellion a priority and in August gave his military commanders until the year-end to defeat the Islamists.

Source: Legit.ng

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