Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed appreciation to France and other major economies for their support towards ending the Boko Haram crisis.
He stated this at an audience with the French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian.
According to Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President Media and Publicity, Buhari and Le Drian discussed ongoing French support for the Federal Government's efforts to end the insurgency.
“When we got into office in May, last year, Boko Haram was effectively controlling at least 14 local government areas but now, it is no longer so. They have resorted to attacking soft targets with improvised explosive devices,” said Buhari.
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“We are determined to secure all of our territory effectively. We are doing our best and our troops are now operating in the Sambisa Forest,” said Buhari.
Buhari meanwhile disclosed that a multinational taskforce would soon be established to patrol the waters of the Gulf of Guinea.
He said the patrols by the multinational taskforce will augment and boost ongoing efforts to improve security in the Gulf and curb crude oil theft and piracy.
Le Drian assured Buhari France would continue to assist Nigeria to overcome Boko Haram.
“All terrorists must be seen as common enemies of the free world,” said Le Drian.
Boko Haram has killed over 20 000 people and displaced 2 million others.
- CAJ News