… Reaffirms Nigeria’s Support For Peace In Middle East
President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja accepted an invitation from President Paul Biya to visit Cameroon at his earliest convenience for talks on the intensification of cooperation between Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the war against Boko Haram and terrorism.
Receiving the invitation from Mr. Sadi Rene Emmanuel, the Cameroonian Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, President Buhari said that he will visit Cameroon for the high-level talks soon after the end of the Ramadan fast. President Buhari, who said that he was putting his experience as a former soldier to good use in the war against Boko Haram, reemphasized that greater regional and international cooperation was needed to end the atrocities of the terrorist group.
The President commended the efforts of all regional governments, including Cameroon to support Nigeria in the war against Boko Haram, but called for even greater collaboration. “I am happy that the President has sent you. As you must have observed, I was in Niger and Chad over this issue.
I planned to be in Cameroon afterwards, but I received an invitation to attend the Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Germany. “I had to attend the meeting because Boko Haram has been internationalized and it was part of the discussions there,” he told Mr. Emmanuel. The Special Envoy assured President Buhari of President Biya’s “fraternity, sympathy and brotherly commitment” to working with Nigeria to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
“Together, we will reinforce our efforts, eradicate the scourge of terrorism and look forward to better things,’’ he told the President. In another development, Buhari has pledged that Nigeria will continue to support all efforts aimed at the peaceful resolution of the Middle East conflict. Speaking at an audience with the outgoing Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Montaser Abuzaid, President Buhari reaffirmed Nigeria’s support for the Palestinian cause.
Noting that Nigeria recognized the State of Palestine 31 years ago, President Buhari assured Ambassador Abuzaid that his administration will maintain and strengthen bilateral ties with Palestine. The President wished the outgoing ambassador well in his future assignments.
In his remarks, Abuzaid extended the goodwill of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas to Nigeria and congratulated the President Buhari on his assumption of office after a peaceful transition. He appealed for more support from the Nigerian government for Palestinian companies interested in doing business in Nigeria, particularly in the area construction and provision of critical infrastructure.