PMB seeks concrete support to eliminate terrorism in Africa

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PMB seeks concrete support to eliminate terrorism in Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday called on the Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit to provide concrete support to help defeat terrorism and insurgency on the African continent.

In a release by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, the President, while speaking at the third edition of the Summit, said the Boko Haram terrorist group, though fragmented by internal strife and degraded by Nigeria’s defence forces, was as active and preying on soft targets.

The President stated that the summit convened by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has given due consideration to the issue of terrorism, while also focusing on development and infrastructure in Africa.

“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 was quoted as saying in the statement.

“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.”

On the global coronavirus pandemic, the President noted that world leaders must continue to put the well-being of humanity at the centre of the agenda for the common good and prosperity of all.

“We must therefore promote science, technology, and innovation and share knowledge from research and development to better equip us to address present and future challenges in a more equitable and sustainable manner.

“In this regard, Nigeria strongly endorses the Summit Declaration as well as the 2022-2026 Joint Action Plan,” he said.

Buhari affirmed that international trade has remained an engine for development and sustained economic growth, as well as the global eradication of poverty.

He commended the significant increase in trade figures between Africa and Turkey and urged the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCTA) to assist in further increasing it to a level of a win-win for all countries.

“We are confident that given the level of openness, trust and commitment manifested in the Africa-Turkey Partnership, this cooperation mechanism will be a game-changer for our countries and set us on the path of sustainable development for our peoples,” said the President who applauded President Erdogan for initiating the Turkey-Africa Partnership since 2008.

PMB seeks concrete support to eliminate terrorism in Africa

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