Buhari At Syria Donor Conference, Sympathises With Syria

SyriaPresident Muhammadu Buhari is among the over 80 world leaders who converged on London on Thursday for the ‘Supporting Syria and the region’ conference holding at the Queen Elizabeth 11 Conference Centre in London.

In his speech, President Buhari applauded the initiative to protect the people of Syria from the vicious war.

He joined the world in condemning the violence and abuse of human rights and sheer destruction of lives and property.

He said that Nigeria shares the same experience with Syria following the experience from Boko Haram insurgency and therefore feels the pains the people of Syria feel.

He urged all the parties to engage in peaceful talks as only a political agreement would bring the tragedy to an end.

He said that military option would only prolong the war and killing of innocent civilians. He extended the sympathy of Nigerians to the suffering people of Syria.

He pledged to support in spite of the difficulties back home.

Also speaking, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki Moon, joined the host president and British Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, to condemn the human rights abuses going on in Syria.

Mr Cameron was passionate about the call to raise fund for the suffering masses in Syria but called for more action while the UN Secretary General Ban KI Moon said that at least seven billion dollars must be raised.

According to him, even if the war in Syria ends immediately, the suffering of the people would not end immediately. He said that only political dialogue can rescue the Syrian people.

The world leaders said that over 80 billion US Dollars would be needed in 2016 alone to keep up with the needs.

They said that the whole world have a responsibility to commit to getting Syrian children into school, within months and not years.

Every country under the United Nations had a desk in the main plenary room.

Over 13.5 million people of Syria and the region, for over five years, have witnessed the worst humanitarian devastation following the crisis in that country.


Buhari To Seek More Global Unity Against Terrorism In France, Britain

LaKE CHADPresident 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.