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Buhari Meets French President On Boko Haram

Posted: Jun 9, 2015 at 1:47 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa –  Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Elmau, Germany met with French President, Francois Hollande, and   reaffirmed his administration’s unequivocal commitment to ending Boko Haram’s  insurgency in Nigeria within the shortest possible time.

Buhari, who is due to return to Nigeria on Tuesday, was in Germany to participate in the two-day Group of Seven industrialised nation (G-7) Outreach Programme.

He told Hollande that Nigeria would welcome greater support and cooperation from France and other friendly nations towards ongoing efforts to overcome Boko Haram and restore full security and normalcy to areas affected by the group’s atrocities.

The President said that his administration was already taking concrete action to build a more efficient and effective coalition of Nigeria and neighbouring countries against Boko Haram, according to an Aso Rock statement.

“Nigeria would appreciate more intelligence on the terrorist group’s links with ISIS, movements, training and sources of its arms and ammunition to facilitate  the perfection of fresh tactics and strategies being evolved to overcome terrorism and insurgency in the country and its sub-region,” he stressed.

Buhari reiterated at the talks with his French counterpart that there was absolutely no link between religion and the atrocities of Boko Haram.

According to him: “There is clearly no religious basis for the actions of the group. Their atrocities show that members of the group either do not know God at all or they don’t believe in Him”.

In his remarks, Hollande commended Buhari’s concerted efforts to galvanize Nigeria’s armed forces, security agencies and neighouring countries for more decisive action to eradicate Boko Haram.

The French leader assured President Buhari that France would give Nigeria and its coalition partners greater support against terrorism and insecurity, including military and intelligence cooperation, to help them overcome the security challenge posed by Boko Haram and its global terrorist allies as quickly as possible.

He also called for greater bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and France in other areas including trade, economic and cultural relations.

Buhari also received similar pledges of enhanced support from Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and Chancellor Angela Merkel who he also conferred with over the security challenges.