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Buhari returns home assured of G7 support

09 June 2015, 20:25

Abuja - The G7 group of industrialized nations has resolved to support the Nigeria administration tackle some challenges the country faces.

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the President, said at the end of the presentation Buhari made in Germany on Monday, the G7 leaders said they had recognized the  massive amount of confidence and expectations behind his government.

“They acknowledged him as having emerged from an election adjudged to be the freest in the country's electoral history, but regretted the severe handicaps his new government has to face from the outset,” Shehu said.

“They told President Buhari that they took cognizance of the fact of the several handicaps, including the lack of resources, leaving him with a government over-stretched in capacity, itself riddled with mismanagement.

They noted that the country's army lacked training and equipment with little or no will to engage,” said Shehu.

He added that in recognition of the fact that the security threat of the Boko Haram had gone beyond Nigeria, equally affecting other countries in the region, the G7 conceded that no one country could tackle it alone.

“This followed the group's acknowledgment of the way and manner of his emergence and the tremendous challenges faced by the government he leads, not of his making, especially in its efforts to combat the Boko Haram.”

Shehu said the G7 leaders expressed warm sentiments towards the Nigerian leader and praised him for reaching out to the country's neighbours and the group of industrialized nations within a week of his takeover of government.

“In view of the seriousness he has shown in tacking this problem, the group pledged that they would "engage, cooperate and collaborate" with President Buhari's government in tackling the serious problems that Nigeria faces.”

The President returned to Nigeria in the early hours of Tuesday.

- CAJ News


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