Buhari Seeks Commonwealth’s Support In War Against Terrorism

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the establishment of a Commonwealth Committee to oversee the rendering of greater assistance and support to Nigeria and other member-countries which have been adversely affected by the scourge of terrorism.

Speaking at a banquet hosted by Her 
Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for Heads of 
State and Government participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government 
Meeting in Malta on Friday, President 
Buhari expressed the hope that the 
Committee would be established before the next meeting of the organisation.

In a statement issued by the President’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari 
said that he also expected the Committee to visit member-countries of the Commonwealth where terrorist organisations had established a foothold with a
 view to evolving practical strategies for more meaningful assistance to the
 affected countries.
President Buhari urged the Commonwealth to show greater resolve in helping Nigeria and other developing nations in its ranks to overcome the challenges 
of economic development, security, terrorism and corruption.“With the
 improvement of global communications, terrorism has no borders now. What happened recently in France had a profound effect on all of us, but very few countries realise that Nigeria has suffered terrorist casualties of over 10,000 
killed in the last six years.
“Right now, we have over two million Internally Displaced Persons, most of 
whom are women and children, and most of the children are orphans,” the 
President told the Queen and Commonwealth Heads of State and Government.
International Support
President Buhari, who informed the gathering of efforts by Nigeria and other members of the Lake Chad Basin Commission to curb the menace of Boko
 Haram, pointed out that the problem of terrorism in West Africa had been aggravated by the collapse of the Gadhafi regime in Libya.
“We have agreed to a joint task-force for the elimination of Boko Haram, but it 
may not be easy, especially after the events in Libya when trained people with weapons moved back to Sahel region from where they were recruited by the 
former Libyan leader.“Those weapons and expertise in their use are now 
aggravating the situation in the Sahel and further south”, the President said.
While calling for greater international support for Nigeria and other countries 
affected by terrorism, President Buhari expressed his administration’s 
appreciation of the assistance already being received from the Commonwealth, Britain, the Group of Seven Industrialised Nations, France and the 
United States.“I am grateful to Britain, France and the United States. They have already sent teams to train the Nigerian Military and Police in the control of 
terrorism.“The Commonwealth has helped us in so many ways by the visible 
support they have been giving to help us overcome the problem of terrorism,” 
he maintained.
The Queen’s Banquet was also attended by the Secretary-General of the 
United Nations, Mr Ban Ki Moon.

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