Buhari calls for strong global alliance against terrorism

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has called for stronger global alliance, in order to effectively combat the scourge of terrorism across the world.

He made the call at the State House, while receiving Letters of Credence from the Ambassadors of the Republic of Tunisia, Mr Jalel Trabelsi; Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Bernhard Stephen Schlagheck; Kingdom of Sweden, Mrs Inger Ultvedt and the High Commissioner of Canada, Mr Christopher Thornley, at separate meetings.

Buhari noted that there was the need for intelligence and information sharing to halt the spate of terrorism that currently haunted both developing and developed countries.

Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement in Abuja, on Tuesday, said  Buhari particularly told the Canadian High Commissioner that countries must always be on alert, and be willing to share information on activities of terrorists.

The president said Nigeria received support from several countries to fight Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, after the invitation to the G-7 meeting in Germany in 2015, recording remarkable progress in degrading the group and saving many lives.

‘‘The terrorists are all over the place; and we must be more watchful. If a developed country like France can be attacked by terrorists to the point of killing about 130 people, then what more of developing countries.

‘‘We need to build, and keep increasing our capacities to network and stay ahead. We need to build these capacities across borders because terrorists operate across borders,’’ he said.

President Buhari said the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East also received attention from some countries, who were quick to render services and material support to alleviate the humanitarian crisis that followed the overpowering of Boko Haram.

The president said his government had instituted reforms in various sectors of the Nigerian economy to ensure stability and integrity in operations, promising to create a more enabling environment for new partnerships and attractions for Foreign Direct Investments.

In his remark, Thornley said the reforms in the Nigerian economy were necessary to build global confidence and deeper relationships that would benefit the country.

‘‘We want you to know that Canada stands by you as a friend to Nigeria, and your government,’’ he said.