President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday in Abuja that with the formation of a stronger regional coalition, Nigeria and neighboring
countries now have an increased capacity to deal effectively with Boko
Haram and other terrorist groups.
Speaking at an audience with Dr.
Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special
Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa,
President Buhari reaffirmed his belief that the full activation and
deployment of the Multi National Joint Task Force which has been
established under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission will
lead to the speedy defeat and elimination of Boko Haram.
President added that with the Command and Control Centre of the Nigerian
military now in Maiduguri, Borno State, the morale of troops in the
front-line states had improved significantly.
“You can tell the
Secretary-General that we are doing our best and our best will be good
enough for the nation and the sub-region,” President Buhari told Dr. Ibn
Against the background of upcoming elections in Cote
D’Ivoire, Guinea and Burkina Faso, the President also called on the
United Nations to assist African countries in the acquisition and use of
innovative technologies to ensure more credible elections.
citizens recognize that their votes count, it will boost their
confidence in democracy and their countries’ electoral systems,” he
Recalling that in the last general elections in Nigeria, the
Independent National Electoral Commission used smart card readers to
authenticate prospective voters, President Buhari observed that while
Nigeria could afford the use of such technology in its elections, other
African countries may require support and assistance from the
Dr. Ibn Chambas commended President Buhari for his strong and positive actions against terrorism.
United Nations envoy also welcomed President Buhari’s successful visit
to Cameroon this week and his reaffirmation of Nigeria’s commitment to
the peaceful resolution of all border issues with Cameroon.
Source: PM News