February 4, 2016

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari called on the European Union to support its administration’s efforts at tackling some of Nigeria’s major challenges of curbing criminal activities in its oil sector as well as its fight against Boko Haram.

Addressing a special session of the EU Parliament in Strasbourg during his visit to France, President Buhari on Wednesday told the Parliament that assisting him in stemming and recovering illicit stolen funds will not only aid in his administration’s efforts of restoring good governance, transparency, peace and security to Nigeria, it will improve economic relations between the country and the rest of the world.

President Buhari said his administration is committed to democracy and ensuring equality for all Nigerians as well as protecting the human rights of the most vulnerable, especially those that have been victimized by Boko Haram, is utmost on its security agenda.

“For our part, we have updated our rules of engagement in fighting terrorism and pay very close attention during operations to the treatment of captured terrorists, civilians caught up in the conflict and in general, safeguarding property. Our aim is to use minimum force necessary in our fight against terrorists,” President Buhari told members of the parliament and the EU Commission.

President Buhari, who is on an official visit to France before heading to London on Thursday to join other world leaders at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference, met with the President of the EU Commission,  Jean Claude Junker and President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz ,to discuss Nigeria and Africa’s current security, economic and developmental challenges, and how the EU and other developed nations can lend their supports to aid in quicker resolutions on the continent.

The Supporting Syria and the Region Conference is being co-hosted by Britain, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations.

According to Senior Advisor to the President,  Femi Adesina, President Buhari plans to use the platform at the conference to continue his push for more “global collaboration and support for Nigeria and other countries in the frontline of the war against terrorism who are striving to overcome its very adverse effects on affected populations.”


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