The Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Shehu Sani, has said Nigeria, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, has defeated Boko Haram.
He said the country is the second African country, after Algeria, to defeat terrorists.
Sani said this when he visited the Algerian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Belkacem Smaili, at the Embassy of Algeria, Abuja.
He said, “Nigeria, just like Algeria, has been able to defeat terrorism. Algeria, as the first country in Africa to experience the worst form of terror and they were able to defeat it.
“Also, Nigeria is the first country in the Sub-Saharan Africa, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, to be able to defeat and degrade terrorism. There is a lot to learn and there is a lot for the two countries to get along with.”
The current administration had said it had recorded significant successes in the war against Boko Haram, an Islamic sect based in the North-East.
Sani, who is representing Kaduna-Central Senatorial District at the Senate, also visited the Ambassador of Turkey to Nigeria, Mr. Hakan Cakil, where he said Nigeria had a lot to learn from the July 15, 2016, attempted coup in Turkey, which he said was foiled by the courage and resilience of Turks.
He said, “Without the people of Turkey, the coup could not have been defeated. The resistance of the people of Turkey and the mass protests in the defense of freedom and democracy, which the people of Turkey have demonstrated, is an inspiration to the world to stand up and defend democracy anytime it comes under threats.
“We were inspired and relieved when we saw millions of Turks out on the streets, raising the flag of freedom and defending their country against the anti-democratic forces who were determined to change the will of the people. If the coup had succeeded in Turkey, democracy around the world would have been seriously under threat.”