Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has requested African and Turkish cooperation in combating terrorism and insurgency on the continent.
In a statement, Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said Buhari made the call at the third edition of the Turkey-Africa Summit on Saturday, Dec. 18 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Nigeria has already requested Turkey’s support in battling terrorism. President Buhari and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed in 2017 after meetings to boost security cooperation between the two nations in the fight against terrorism.
According to the Nigerian leader, the Boko Haram terrorist group is still active and preying on soft targets, despite being fractured by internal fights and weakened by Nigeria’s security forces.
Buhari expressed happiness that the summit organised by Erdogan addressed the issue of terrorism while also focusing on development and other issues.
“Another area this Partnership must focus on is the global challenge of climate change which is impacting us in Nigeria, Turkey, across Africa, and indeed across the world,” he said.
‘‘It has become a catalyst for conflict through food insecurity, drying up of lakes; loss of livelihood and youth migration, among others.”
‘‘The trend is the same around the world where communities are overwhelmed by forest fires, rising sea levels, flood, drought and desertification.”
‘‘I want to seize this opportunity to appeal for support for initiatives such as Africa’s Great Green Wall on Environment and Land Management, which is designed to fight the effects of climate change and desertification in Africa.”
‘‘The initiative aims to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land in the 11 countries of the Sahel-Sahara strip, capture 250 million tons of carbon and create 10 million green jobs by 2030.”
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