Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has urged the international community to partner with Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram insurgency in the North East part of the country.
Saraki made the call while delivering his key note address at the ongoing 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments, organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, on Wednesday at the United Nations, UN headquarters in New York.
He noted that the menace of insurgency and all forms of brutality being visited on innocent citizens by terrorists across the world required international collaboration to curtail as they pose great threat to global peace and democracy.
He stated that terrorism can no longer be treated like a local problem and that it was time the world joined Nigeria to decisively defeat Boko Haram while urgently rebuilding the North East.
Saraki said: “The time to act is now. For us in Nigeria, with the new leadership at the executive and legislature, we are reacting already. You have a reliable partner to work with.
“Boko Haram represents the greatest terrorist threat we face. The insurgency’s senseless terror has brought untold destruction and hardship on our people in the North East of the country. I therefore call on the international community to partner with Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram.”
Saraki said: “Since 2009, we have seen many of our innocent citizens brutally and senselessly murdered and others rendered internally displaced. The idea of a 15-year-old girl suicide bomber, wherever it may be in the world, be it in the Middle East, South America, Asia or in my country Nigeria is not the world of our dream. It is not reflective of a world where sustainable development is the agenda.
“Surely, it is not a local problem. Terrorism is evil that we must confront. Its brutality, lack of purpose and cross border activities makes it imperative that we adopt a global approach in tackling it. Terrorism in one part of the world is no more important than in another,” he stated.
He further bemoaned the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North East and other parts of the country, saying the human misery in the various camps he recently visited is horrendous.
He called on his colleagues to ensure the success of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, through enabling laws that will ensure the smooth implementation of embedded policies and programmes for the benefit of the global state.
He added: “The legislature surely has a critical role to play in providing the underpinnings that would help create a new global regime that is able to deal with these challenges in terms of laws and oversight.

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