Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, urges the international community to partner with Nigeria to defeat the Islamic sect, Boko Haram that is ravaging the North-Eastern part of the country.
Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday urged the international community to partner with Nigeria to defeat the Islamic sect, Boko Haram that is ravaging the North-Eastern part of the country. Saraki made the call while delivering a key note address at the ongoing 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York.
The Senate President noted that the menace of insurgency and all forms of brutality that are being visited on innocent citizens by terrorists across the world require international collaboration to curtail as they pose great threats to global peace and democracy.
Like most other countries, according to the Senate President, terrorism has become a clog on Nigeria’s path to sustainable development. He stated that terrorism can no longer be treated like a local problem, and that it was high time the world joined Nigeria to decisively defeat Boko Haram, while urgently rebuilding the North-East.
The time to act is now. For us in Nigeria, with the new leadership at the executive and legislature, we are reacting already. You have a reliable partner to work with. “Boko Haram represents the greatest terrorist threat we face. The insurgency’s senseless terror has brought untold destruction and hardship on our people in the North-East of the country.
I, therefore, call on the international community to partner with Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram. According to him, the world that is today embattled by challenges with no easy answers ranging from climate change, regional conflicts and terrorism. He lamented that the conflicts have brought in their wake the problem of internal destitution, displacement and dislocation of people, adding that democracy and development cannot take place in this type of atmosphere.
He stated that the challenge the global community now faces is how to quickly turn the tide around to achieve sustainable development. He further bemoaned the plight of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Northeast and other parts of the country, saying the human misery in the various camps he recently visited is horrendous.
He called on his colleagues to ensure the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through enabling laws that will ensure the smooth implementation of embedded policies and programmes for the benefit of the global state.
-Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja