The European Union has reiterated its support for Nigeria and other West African countries in the fight against terror.
In a statement from the office of the EU delegation to Nigeria and signed by its press officer, Modestus Chukwulaka, the EU decried the reported killings of about 800 people by terrorists in countries around Lake Chad, within the last two months.
“Those responsible for the recent suicide attacks in Cameroon on 25 July and in Nigeria on 26 July have a complete disregard for human life and dignity,” the statement said.
“We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured,” it added.
The EU said it noted that Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger are shoring up efforts in fighting terrorism in the region; adding that a strong coordination was needed to sustain the socio-economic development of the affected areas.
The EU said it will support regional organizations, national authorities, civil society organizations and citizens in the fight against terror.
The EU commended Mr. Buhari’s approach to the fight against Boko Haram.
“The recent visits of President Buhari to Niger and Chad and his upcoming visit to Cameroon are timely opportunities in this regard, ” it said.
It also upheld the comprehensive bilateral and regional cooperation to tackle these challenges.
“We express our solidarity with the authorities of the concerned countries and our confidence that those responsible for these acts of terror will be brought to justice,” the statement said
The EU called on the affected countries to embrace economic development and uphold the rule of law, as a tool against terrorism.
“The pursuit by national authorities of long-term development, the protection and strengthening of basic services and the respect for humanitarian law and for human rights is essential for ensuring enhanced state presence and providing a sustainable solution to this crisis”, the statement read.