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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said his administration has demonstrated the ability to contain the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, especially in the North East. The President who is in Turkey said the improved security situation in the region was an eloquent testimony to the efforts of his administration in combating terrorism since he came into office in May 2015.
“We were very surprised and disturbed by the claim made by Boko Haram on what they have been getting from ISIS; we know we will be able to contain them and we have proven that we can do it,” he said. “We are very pleased that Turkey is in a position to assist us and has been strengthening our educational and health institutions.” A statement signed on Thursday by his senior special assistant to on media and publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said Buhari and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to strengthen cooperation between Nigeria and Turkey to counter terrorism. “We are very pleased with the progress of the meeting so far and we are going to wait for the details of meetings between the two countries.
We will as a result of the meeting between the ministers and officials of both countries, strengthen rapidly whatever their recommendations are,” he added. Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan The President hinted that the two leaders also discussed the prospects of increasing their bilateral trade, which has exceeded $779million in the first eight months of 2017.
He said, “There are a lot of potentialities in terms of investments and a lot is being done in the educational and health sectors in Nigeria. These will be strengthened and I assure you that Nigeria is prepared to accept Turkish business people to come and explore more of Nigeria’s potentialities.” In his remarks, President Erdogan said Nigeria has great potentials and remains “a global actor in terms of economy, demographics and its peacekeeping records.” He indicated Turkey’s interest to invest in Nigeria’s electricity, refineries, and gas sectors, adding that increasing the flights between Turkey and Nigeria would further improve commercial and people-to-people relationships. On the fight against terrorism, the Turkish leader said: “there is no difference between Boko Haram, Fethullah Terrorist Organisation or Daesh (ISIS), which have all killed and inflicted pain and hardship on innocent people.”
“All of these organisations are hordes of murderers that feed on the innocent people, and in the fight against terrorism, we will stand with our Nigerian friends, and we are ready to share our experience and provide all kinds of support. “We also expect the same cooperation from Nigeria in fighting against Fethullah that murdered 250 Turkish citizens last year,” Erdogan added.
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