Source: nileinternational.net

Source: nileinternational.net

France and Nigeria are two different countries with one similar problem; terrorism. Terrorism seems to be the most unifying factor in the world in recent times. Countries that have been infiltrated and affected by members or groups affiliated with the Islamic State terrorist group mostly have one thing in common; battling the threat terrorism poses to the peace and progress of their individual societies.

In a situation where terrorism threat is a global issue, external support and assistance from one affected country to another is always welcomed and appreciated. In a meeting yesterday while receiving the French Minister of Defence, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his appreciation to the French government in helping to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

In a statement signed by the SA to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President is quoted to have stated “When we got into office in May, last year, Boko Haram was effectively controlling at least 14 local government areas. But now, it is no longer so, and they have resorted to attacking soft targets with Improvised Explosive Devices.”

Adding that “We are determined to secure all of our territory effectively. We are doing our best and our troops are now operating in the Sambisa Forest,” while attributing the recent success of the troops against the sect to the support garnered from France and other G7 countries.

The statement further read that “the French Minister assured President Buhari that France will continue to assist Nigeria to overcome Boko Haram, saying that all terrorists must be seen as common enemies of the free world.” It was barely six months ago when a group of terrorists affiliated with IS carried out a series of coordinated attacks in France killing hundreds of people and causing a devastation unlike any the country has seen in decades.

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