Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has called on
the global community to give greater support to countries whose
populace are suffering humanitarian crises caused by terrorism and civil
A statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by the President’s Special
Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Buhari was
speaking at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London.
President Buhari said that without collective support and assistance
from all well-meaning countries, companies and organisations, the
humanitarian catastrophe affecting millions of people in countries like
Nigeria and Syria could not be successfully addressed.
He noted that the increasingly complex and inter-connected security
challenges faced by the global community necessitated increased
international cooperation in pursuit of effective solutions.
The President strongly condemned the continuing violence by
terrorists against innocent civilians, abuse of human rights and
destruction of public and private assets and cultural heritages in
Nigeria, Syria and other countries of the world.
According to him, having experienced civil war and terrorist
insurgency, Nigeria understands the pains inflicted on the people of
Syria and the hardship that innocent civilians suffer in the hands of
President Buhari called on all parties involved in the Syrian
conflict to seek a peaceful resolution, saying that only a political
solution could bring the ongoing tragedy in the country to an end.
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He expressed Nigeria's immense sympathy for the people of Syria.
"We all stand in solidarity with them. Despite the magnitude of our
own challenges and the increasing stress on our economy, I reaffirm our
government's commitment to support and assist the war-affected people of
Syria," he said.
The statement noted that participants at the conference included the
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, Chancellor Angela Merkel of
Germany and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon.
King Abdullah II of Jordan, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway,
the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the High
Representative of the European Union, Federica Mogherini also attended
Others were the President of the International Committee of the Red
Cross, Peter Maurer, the President of the World Bank, Dr Jim Yong Kim
and the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme,