Abuja - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to fight corruption and insecurity Nigeria.
This is contained in the readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with Buhari at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, made available by UN National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun.
"He commended President Buhari’s efforts to address corruption, tackle insecurity and promote economic development in the country.
"The Secretary-General expressed the United Nations’ continuing support to these efforts.
"The Secretary-General and the President also discussed the serious security, human rights and humanitarian consequences of Boko Haram’s activities in Northeast Nigeria and in the Lake Chad Basin countries.
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"The Secretary-General noted the success of recent military efforts to combat Boko Haram, while highlighting the need to address the root causes of the conflict.’’
Ban reiterated the UN’s support to Nigeria and the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to prevent violent extremism.
He encouraged the Federal Government to support his newly unveiled Plan of Action and join the global partnership to confront this issue.
The UN Scribe emphasised the need for military operations to be conducted in full accordance with international humanitarian, human rights and refugee laws.
The Secretary-General also discussed the devastating effect of climate change on Lake Chad, which has shrunk considerably in just three decades, and urged Nigeria to implement the Paris Agreement.