G7 leaders back Buhari’s battle against Boko Haram

Obama, Hollande, Cameron, Merkel want terrorism to end fast

President Muhammadu Buhari’s battle to finish off Boko Haram got a crucial support yesterday from key industiraliased nations after a meeting in Germany.

President Buhari met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, German Chancellor Angela Merkel  and French President Francois Hollade.

Buhari told them that Nigeria will welcome greater support and cooperation from France and other friendly nations for its efforts to overcome Boko Haram and restore normalcy to areas affected by the group’s atrocities.

He said his administration is already taking concrete action to build a more efficient and effective coalition of Nigeria and neighbouring countries against Boko Haram.

Nigeria, Buhari said, would appreciate more intelligence on the terrorist group’s links with ISIS, movements, training and sources of its arms and ammunition to facilitate the perfection of fresh tactics and strategies being evolved to overcome terrorism and insurgency in the country and its sub-region.

President Buhari reiterated at the talks that there was absolutely no link between religion and the atrocities of Boko Haram.

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.”

President Hollande commended President Buhari’s concerted efforts to galvanise Nigeria’s armed forces, security agencies and neighouring countries for more decisive action to eradicate Boko Haram.

The French leader assured Buhari that France will  give Nigeria and its coalition partners greater 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.

He also called for greater bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and France in other areas, including trade, economic and cultural relations.

The president is due back in Abuja this morning.

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