Nigeria Partners S/Arabia On Security, Stable Oil Market

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated Nigeria’s support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its efforts to stop the spread of terror in the Middle East.

President Buhari said this on Tuesday at a meeting with King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz in Riyadh, where the two leaders engaged in extensive discussions on regional and global issues.

President Buhari, who was making his first pronouncement on the invitation to join the coalition of Islamic States against terror, congratulated the kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its formation.

“Even if we are not a part of it, we support you. I must thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the recent creation of a coalition to address the menace of international terrorism.

“Nigeria will support your efforts in keeping peace and stopping the spread of terror in your region. This is in consonance with our own commitment and ongoing efforts in seeking to stamp out Boko Haram terrorists from the West African sub-region and Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC),” the President said.

Problem Of Terrorism
Speaking on global terror generally, President Buhari stressed the need for various nations to come together to tackle the menace.

“International terrorism made a statement by attacking one of the advanced countries by carrying out an attack on Paris in which 130 were killed. Now we have to come together to find a common solution to the problem of terrorism,” he said.

The President also thanked the Saudi government for its continuing support to Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.

President Buhari regretted that the late Libyan leader, Muammar Ghaddafi, recruited, trained and armed citizens of many states in the Sahel region, lamenting that with Ghaddafi’s fall, these mercenaries have returned to their countries, “doing nothing but to shoot and kill”.

He cited Burkina Faso and Mali as the main victims but expressed happiness that the countries neighbouring the Lake Chad have tightened their ranks to finish off the Boko Haram threat.

“Luckily, we have cultivated our neighbours. We are now working together against Boko Haram, otherwise the problem would have become worse,” he said.

In his remarks, King Salman commended the progress made by Nigeria in combating terrorism and promised to give further support and assistance.

He welcomed the support of the Nigerian government for the new anti-terrorism coalition and implored President Buhari to consider its full membership.

King Salman also pledged his full support and cooperation to Nigeria under its present leadership and directed all agencies of his government to follow up on the discussions.

“I now instruct my team to go and sit down with your relevant agencies to push forward cooperation between our states,” he said.

President Buhari and King Salman expressed hope that the Libyan factions would soon see reason to reunite and restore fully their own country so as to save the world from further terrorism spin-offs from that country.

Both leaders expressed commitment to a stable oil market and a rebound of oil prices.

They also focused on trade between their states and agreed to give fresh impetus to the joint commission previously established in order to boost commercial and other activities to unify their citizens.

Both Leaders ‘Committed’ To Oil Price Stability

The two leaders “committed themselves to doing all that is possible to stabilize the market and rebound the oil price”, Garba Shehu said in a statement.

The two leaders accepted the fact that their two economies are tied to oil, adding that all cannot be well with both countries when the world oil market is unstable, he added.

Japan Expresses Concern Over Terrorism In Nigeria

boko-haram-2The Japanese Government has expressed concern over the rising state of insecurity and terrorism in West Africa, especially in Nigeria.

Speaking at the Launch of the West Africa Operations Support Programme at the National Defence College in Abuja, the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Ryuichi Shoji, condemned acts of terrorism, kidnapping and human rights violation by Boko Haram.

He made the statement against the the backdrop of the result of instability in the Sahel region that has provided a safe haven for terrorist groups like Al-Quida in Maghreb, which is linked with the Boko Haram Islamic Sector.

Shoji reiterated his government’s condemnation of “the series of attacks against innocent people and the acts of serious violations of human rights, such as the abduction of civilians, which could not be justified on any grounds or for any purpose.”

Terrorism, he said, was the common enemy of all members of the international community and “as such, Japan firmly stands by the side of the Nigerian Government and people in their fight against terrorism.

“The Government of Japan is committed to Africa’s peace and stability, which is an indispensable element for the prosperity and economic transformation of Africa.

“However, conflicts, terrorism and elements of instability still remain in some parts of the continent. In the West Africa context, the situation of the Sahel region has been a major concern for the countries in the region as well as that of the world.”

Shoji further noted that “through the project we are here to launch, we make additional efforts to strengthen the capacity of West Africa’s PSO training in Nigeria and also extend a grant aid of $500,000 to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for this project.”

He also promised that the Japanese government will strengthen co-operation with Nigeria especially in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

Japan Pledges $120 Million To Counter Terrorism In Sahel Region

Japan has promised to train 2000 military personnel drawn from the Sahel region.

Speaking at the commissioning of hostels built by the Japanese government for the National Defence College, the Nigerian Ambassador to Japan, Ryuichi Shoji said that Japan is pledging the sum of $120million to resolve crisis in the region.

The Sahel region which comprises of Nigeria, Niger republic, Chad, Mali and Sudan have recent months battling terrorist attacks by Islamic insurgents.

Mr Shoji added that another $1billion will be committed to resolving the root causes of the instability and terrorism in the region.

The Minister of state for Defence, Olusola Obada, expressed the federal government’s readiness to partner with the Japanese government in the area technology to fight insurgency in the northern part of the country.