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Jonathan wants multinational task force to fight Boko Haram

26 January 2015, 14:25

Abuja -  President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday in Lagos said Nigeria was pleased with the international community’s agreement with it on the multinational task force initiative in fighting the Boko Haram insurgency.

This was contained in a statement in Abuja by Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

“We are pleased that the international community is now strongly united behind this initiative and agree that its success is critical.

“It is equally important that the multinational force receives the significant support that is required to address the threat through our global partners,” he said.

Jonathan spoke against the backdrop of his meeting with the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Lagos on Sunday.

He said they had a candid and constructive discussion about a broad range of issues.

Also read: Troops fight Boko Haram in Maiduguri

“Nigeria is a vibrant democracy and the largest trading partner of the United States in Africa, with more than 18 billion dollars in bilateral trade.

“Our countries and peoples share a mutual admiration for each other and a deep commitment to freedom, democracy, and human rights.

“This is why we are together engaged in a struggle against a common enemy that promotes terror, fear, division, and violates human rights, most especially of women and girls, with complete impunity.

“Winning the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria and West Africa is absolutely essential to beat back the tide of religious extremism around the world.

“Our security forces have been working tirelessly and courageously to achieve this goal.

“I reaffirmed to Kerry that Nigeria is strongly committed to building the Niger and Benin Republic under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

“Indeed, I called publicly for such a regional approach at the African Leaders’ Summit in Paris in May 2014 and more recently at multilateral meetings,” President Jonathan said.

He also acknowledged that the United States, more than any other country in the world, has the most experience fighting armed insurgencies



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