Buhari Speaks On His Tactics Against Boko Haram
President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that his administration is evolving fresh tactics and strategies to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.
The tactics, he said, included taking concrete action to build a more efficient and effective coalition of Nigeria and her neighbours against the terrorist group.
Buhari spoke in Elmau, Germany, yesterday during a meeting with French President Francois Hollande after he had participated in the G7 Outreach Programme.
G7 is a forum of the world’s seven most industrialised countries of United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan which meets annually to deliberate on global economy, governance, international security and energy policy.
The G7 leaders had earlier requested Buhari to prepare his “wish list” and come with it for their consideration in what is perceived as an excellent goodwill gesture towards him and Nigeria.
It would be recalled that issues bordering on security, anti-graft and economy had topped the president’s wish list to the forum.
Buari yesterday told his French counterpart that his government was totally committed to eliminating the Boko Haram insurgency in the shortest possible time.
He said Nigeria would welcome greater support and cooperation from France and other friendly nations for her ongoing efforts towards overcoming the insurgency as well as restoring full security and normalcy to areas affected by the sect’s atrocities.
Buhari also stated that Nigeria would appreciate more intelligence on the Boko Haram’s links with ISIS, movements, training and sources of its arms and ammunition.
This, according to him, is to facilitate the perfection of fresh tactics and strategies being evolved to overcome terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria and the sub-region.
Buhari told the French president that there was absolutely no link between religion and the atrocities of Boko Haram terrorist group.
He said: “There is clearly no religious basis for the actions of the group. Their atrocities show that members of the group either do not know God at all or they don’t believe in Him”.
Responding, Hollande assured Buhari that France would give Nigeria and her coalition partners greater support against terrorism and insecurity.
Hollande said this support would include military and intelligence cooperation to, as quickly as possible, overcome the security challenges posed by Boko Haram and its global terrorist allies.
Buhari also received similar pledges of enhanced support from Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and German Chancellor Angela Merkel whom he also conferred with before departing from the venue of the G7 summit.
The French president had also commended Buhari’s efforts towards galvanizing Nigeria’s armed forces, security agencies and neighouring nation for more decisive action against the sect.
He had also urged greater bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and France in such other areas as trade, economic and cultural relations.
President Buhari, is due back in Abuja early today, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.