12 February 2016

Nigeria: Germany Joins Nigeria in War Against Boko Haram, Corruption.

Abuja — Hope has risen that the war against Boko Haram will achieve faster success as Nigeria has received more international support in the fight against the insurgents.

Much as the insurgents refused to give up their dastardly act of taking lives at will, military onslaught against them is set to increase as the government of Germany, a renowned world power has expressed willingness to join the war against the terrorist group.

Asides the insurgents who kill innocent persons in cold blood, looters of the treasury who by their actions, kill the nation's economy in installments, are also in for a hard time as well.

The German President, Joachim Gauck, gave the assurance of his nation's support to Nigeria in fighting both menaces when he paid a visit to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki in Abuja.

He noted that guns and bombs might not win the war in totality but that the leaders of the nation must show commitment to good governance.

"We believe that terror would not be defeated with military might alone. The Nigerian Government needs to further foster good governance and ensure the prospect of a better future for all its citizens" he said.

Gauck who was accompanied on the visit by his wife, Ms Daniela Schadt, and other German investors, said he is particularly delighted about the peaceful elections that brought about the change of guards in Nigeria.

He explained that the country has over two million IDP's that needs support and reintegration adding that the rebuilding of infrastructure including schools and healthcare facilities in the affected areas would go a long way to give the people a hope for a better future and thus contribute in bringing an end to terrorism in the country.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in his response however called on the German Government and the European Union (EU) to assist Nigeria in eliminating terrorism from the sub-region as well as the resettlement and full integration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) in the country.

Saraki said that the visit of the German President to the National Assembly was a practical demonstration of the role the legislature plays in strengthening and advancing democracy in any nation.

While welcoming the President to the National Assembly he said "Your Excellency's visit would not only further cement our cordial relations but demonstrate that the international community, and in this case, Germany, is on the same page with this administration's stance against terrorism and its attendant insecurity as well as the fight against corruption.

"Your visit to the National Assembly underscores the importance you attach to the role that the legislature plays and can influence in our drive to deepen our democracy, strengthen the rule of law and foster liberty and development"

The Senate President explained that the National Assembly would continue to support the executive in its quest to provide a better life for the people most especially in the fight against corruption and commitment to economic diversification.

He assured them that the National Assembly will not only make new laws but will amend existing ones to make for secure and business-friendly environment in the country adding that "This Assembly shall earnestly support the executive in its fight against corruption, terrorism and insecurity.

We urge you to use your good office as President of Germany to promote and support our efforts in this regards" he said.

Saraki explained that "Our country is presently experiencing the challenges of global terrorism. Notwithstanding the significant victories we have recorded, Boko Haram has continued to pose colossal national and regional security challenge.

We have a lot to learn from Germany and to gain from a stronger Nigeria-Germany relation in this regard. So we call on the German government and the EU to lend us their unflinching support and solidarity in order for us to fully eliminate terrorism from the sub region.

I believe that every effort in this area is a paramount investment as the regional stability, security and development is tied to achieving global peace. We urge you to particularly help us return our Internally Displaced Persons back to their homes and fully reintegrate them into the society.

Let me use this opportunity to recognize Germany's immense contribution to the Nigerian economy so far - from construction to technology, oil and gas. The National Assembly is working hard to change our business and investment climate through several initiatives aimed at reducing the cost of doing business and the risks involved," he said.

To receive the German President were both presiding and principal officers of the two chambers of the National Assembly, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, among others.


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