It was gathered President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said that members of the Boko Haram sect neither know God nor believe in Him, promising that his Administration is totally committed to ending the group’s insurgency in the shortest possible time.
He gave the commitment at a meeting with President Francois Hollande of France after his participation in today’s G-7 Outreach Programme in Germany.
A statement by the Senior Special to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu quoted the President as saying that Nigeria will welcome greater support and cooperation from France and other friendly nations for its ongoing efforts to overcome Boko Haram and restore full security and normalcy to areas affected by the group’s atrocities.
He said that his administration was already taking concrete action to build a more efficient and effective coalition of Nigeria and neighbouring countries against Boko Haram.
Nigeria, he said, would appreciate more intelligence on the terrorist group’s links with ISIS, movements, training and sources of its arms and ammunition to facilitate of the perfection of fresh tactics and strategies being evolved overcome terrorism and insurgency in the country and its sub-region.
President Buhari reiterated at the talks with his French counterpart that there was absolutely no link between religion and the atrocities of Boko Haram.
In his remarks at the meeting, President Hollande commended President Buhari’s concerted efforts to galvanize Nigeria’s armed forces, security agencies and neighouring countries for more decisive action to eradicate Boko Haram.
The French leader assured President 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.