Group of most industrialised countries, G-7, has resolved to support President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed in his running of the affairs of Nigeria.
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the group said it acknowledged that the way and manner Buhari emerged as President in the March 28 election was transparent and credible.
Members of the group were also said to have considered the tremendous challenges faced by the government Buhari leads, especially the Boko Haram issue.
Shehu said that at the end of the presentation the President made on Monday, the G-7 leaders said to him that they recognised the massive amount of confidence and expectations behind his government.
“They (the G-7 leaders) acknowledged him (Buhari) as having emerged from an election adjudged to be the freest in the country’s electoral history, but regretted the severe handicaps his new government has to face from the outset.
“They told President Buhari that they took cognisance of the several handicaps, including the lack of resources, leaving him with a government overstretched in capacity, itself riddled with mismanagement. They noted that the country’s army lacked training and equipment with little or no will to engage.
“In recognition of the fact that the security threat of the Boko Haram had gone beyond Nigeria, equally affecting other countries in the region, the G-7 conceded that no one country can tackle it alone.
“They expressed warm sentiments towards the Nigerian leader and praised him for reaching out to the country’s neighbours and the group of industrialised nations within a week of his takeover of government.
“In view of the seriousness he has shown in tackling this problem, the group pledged that they would ‘engage, cooperate and collaborate’ with President Buhari’s government in tackling the serious problems that Nigeria faces,” the statement read in part.
Shehu said the G-7 leaders left it to the President to come up with the specifics on his requirements.
They assured him that they would study the requirements either individually or collectively and offer help.
They also asked to know the nature and scale of the problems in order to know the nature and scale of the assistance they would provide.
“Suffice it to say that they assured President Buhari that Nigeria will find a partner in the G7,” the statement added.


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