President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will be seeking more global efforts against terrorism during his visit to France and Britain on Wednesday.
At his first stop in Strasbourg, France, President Buhari will on February 3 address a special session of the European Union Parliament to be attended by members of the executive and legislative arms of the Union.
War Against Terrorism
Other issues that President Buhari would focus on in his address are violent extremism, corruption, Nigeria and Africa’s current security, economic and developmental challenges, and the need for greater support from the European Union and advanced nations for their rapid resolution.
A statement by a spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, said that Buhari would also hold talks with the President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz and the President of the European Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker on the same issues.
After talks with the EU officials, President Buhari will leave Strasbourg for London to join other world leaders at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference scheduled to open in the British capital on Thursday, February 4.
The President will use the opportunity of his participation in the conference which is being co-hosted by Britain, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations to continue his push for more global understanding, collaboration and support for Nigeria and other countries in the frontlines of the war against terrorism who are striving to overcome its very adverse effects on affected populations.
He is due back in Nigeria at the weekend.
Nigeria is facing acts of terrorism in the north, perpetrated by members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram. The sect is attempting to establish an Islamic State and end Western education in the region.
On Saturday a village in Borno State, Dalori, was attacked, with 85 persons killed and over 60 injured.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram sect is suspected to have executed it. The group has carried out similar attacks in the past in the region and some other major cities in the north.