President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to world leading countries, the G-7 to help Nigeria on intelligence-gathering about Boko Haram’s link with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS.
The President said he would also be interested in the movements, training and sources of Boko Haram’s arms and ammunition in order to facilitate and perfect fresh tactics and strategies aimed at overcoming terrorism and insurgency in the country and its sub-region.
Buhari stated this when he spoke with his French counterpart, President Francois Hollande after his participation in yesterday’s G-7 Outreach Programme in Germany.
According to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari urged greater support and cooperation from France and other friendly nations in the fight against the terror group.
Garba said his principal wished that full security and normalcy should be restored to areas affected by the group’s atrocities, even as he declared that there was absolutely no link between religion and the atrocities of Boko Haram, adding that Boko Haram members neither know God nor believe in Him, but promised that his administration is totally committed to ending the group’s insurgency in the shortest possible time.
Buhari revealed that his administration was taking concrete steps to build a more efficient and effective coalition of Nigeria and neighbouring countries against Boko Haram.
Responding, President Hollande commended President Buhari’s concerted efforts to galvanise Nigeria’s armed forces, security agencies and neighbouring countries for more decisive action to eradicate Boko Haram.
He assured Buhari that France would give Nigeria and its coalition partners more 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.
President Hollande also called for greater bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and France in other areas including trade, economic and cultural relations.
Shehu’s statement said President Buhari also received similar pledges of enhanced support from Prime Minister, Stephen Harper of Canada and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, whom he also conferred with before departing from the venue of the G-7 2015 Summit.


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