Saturday, August 1, 2015

We have increased capacity to deal with Boko Haram

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria
and neighbouring countries now have an increased
capacity to deal effectively with Boko Haram and
other terrorist groups.
Buhari stated this in Abuja on Friday at an audience
with Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the United
Nations Secretary-General’s Special
Representative and Head of the United Nations
Office for West Africa.
He hinged his remark on the formation of a stronger
regional coalition.
The President reaffirmed his belief that the full
activation and deployment of the Multi National Joint
Task Force which had been established under the
auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission would
lead to the speedy defeat and elimination of Boko
He added that with the Command and Control Centre
of the Nigerian military now in Maiduguri, Borno, the
morale of troops in the front-line states had
improved significantly.
'You can tell the Secretary-General that we are
doing our best and our best will be good enough for
the nation and the sub-region," he told Ibn
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Against the background of upcoming elections in
Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea and Burkina Faso, the
President also called on the United Nations to assist
African in the acquisition and use of innovative
technologies to ensure more credible elections.
"When citizens recognize that their votes count, it
will boost their confidence in democracy and their
countries’ electoral system," he said.
Recalling the last general elections in Nigeria, the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),
used smart card readers to authenticate
prospective voters.
Buhari observed that while Nigeria could afford the
use of such technology in its elections, other
African countries may require support and
assistance from the international community.
Ibn Chambas commended President Buhari for his
strong and positive actions against terrorism.
The United Nations envoy also welcomed President
Buhari’s successful visit to Cameroon and his
reaffirmation of Nigeria’s commitment to the
peaceful resolution of all border issues with

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