Boko Haram: President Buhari Should Be Praised Rather Than Blamed – APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said President Muhammadu Buhari should be hailed for seeking international help from neighbouring countries in the war against Boko Haram insurgency.

The party noted that Buhari should be commended rather than punished for his efforts.

In a statement by Lai Mohammed, its media secretary, it said: “Boko Haram, which started off as a Nigerian problem, has now assumed a regional dimension, affecting many countries in West Africa. Therefore, any solution to the crisis, if it is to endure, must be regional in nature, with Nigeria taking the lead.”

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Likewise, the APC said since insurgency has assumed a worldwide dimension, no nation, not even the superpower United States, can fight the growing treat alone.

“This is why even in our days in opposition, we advocated a regional solution to the crisis,” party added.

According to it Buhari’s first visit to Niger and Chad, two of the countries worst hit by the Boko Haram terrorism, displayed that he understands the regional property that the sect has assumed, and that for any effort by Nigeria to output positive results, it must seek the international collaboration.
It advised the leader of the nation not to yield in his efforts to forge a regional front against the insurgents, despite the mistaken criticism emanating from certain quarters.

It is baffling that some opposition politicians wanted Nigeria to go it alone against Boko Haram, even as the terrorist group has taken its battle beyond the shores of Nigeria, to such countries as Cameroon,иChad and Niger. It is common knowledge that the terrorists use these countries as launch pads for their attacks against Nigeria, and vice versa, and that they routinely engage in cross-boundary raids.

”It is common knowledge that Boko Haram’s tentacles have spread as far as Mali, the home base of the Movement for the Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of the Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. It is no longer a secret that Boko Haram has now affiliated itself to the Islamic State, seeing itself as the West African chapter of the terror group. How then can Nigeria effectively deal with Boko Haram without seeking the assistance of other concerned countries?” APC queried.

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The response followed criticisms of the president’s decision to commence his tenure by visiting Niger and Chad, to seek support for the fight against Boko Haram.

It should be noted that the death toll from two blasts in northeast Nigeria rose to 35 on June 5, Friday raising the total number killed in suspected Boko Haram attacks to 82 during Muhammadu Buhari’s first week as Nigeria’s president.

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