5 October 2016

Nigeria: Buhari Urges Stronger Global Alliance Against Terrorism

President Muhammadu Buhari has alerted that terrorists are all over the place, urging all countries to be more watchful.

He, therefore, called for stronger global alliance on intelligence and information sharing to halt terrorism which according to him, currently haunts both developing and developed nations.

He spoke at the State House in Abuja yesterday at meetings with the envoys of Tunisia, Germany and Sweden, Jalel Trabelsi, Bernhard Schlagheck and Inger Ultvedt respectively as well as the High Commissioner of Canada, Christopher Thornley, all of whom visited to submit their letters of credence.

The president told the Canadian High Commissioner that countries must always be on alert and willing to share information on activities of terrorists.

"The terrorists are all over the place, and we must be more watchful. If a developed country like France can be attacked by terrorists to the point of killing about 130 people, then what more of developing countries.

"We need to build and keep increasing our capacities to network and stay ahead. We need to build these capacities across borders because terrorists operate across borders," the president said.

He said Nigeria received support from several countries to fight Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east last year after the invitation to the G-7 meeting in Germany, recording remarkable progress in degrading the group and saving many lives.

He said the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the North-east also received attention from some countries that were quick to render services and material support to alleviate the humanitarian crisis that followed the overpowering of Boko Haram.

Buhari noted that his government had instituted reforms in various sectors of the Nigerian economy to ensure stability and integrity in operations.

The president pledged to create a more enabling environment for new partnerships and attractions for Foreign Direct Investments.

Thornley said the reforms in the Nigerian economy were necessary to build global confidence and deeper relationships that would benefit the country.

He assured President Buhari that Canada, as a friend to Nigeria, stood by his administration.


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