The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said that the Group of seven (G7) countries will be supporting Nigeria’s military with equipment in its fight against surging terrorism.
The G7 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Speaking to governors at the inauguration of the National Economic Summit at the Presidential Villa on Monday, Mr. Buhari said, “The requirements of the military have been prepared by the Service Chiefs for the consideration of the G7 Nations.”
The president said he directed the three states – Borno, Yobe and Adamawa – affected mostly by insurgency, to articulate “realistic assessments”, costs, and localities by Local Government areas affected by terrorism.
He said the cost of the affected facilities in these localities will be submitted to the President of the G7 for further verification.
Commending the Nigerian military on its renewed commitment in successes in fighting Boko Haram terrorists, the president said Nigeria is collaborating with neighbouring countries to consolidate cross-border and international efforts at eradicating the insurgency.
Mr. Buhari had gone to the G7 summit on June 7 with Nigeria’s “wish list” in line with the demand of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries.
The G7 had earlier requested the then President-elect to prepare a shopping list and come with it for their consideration in what is seen as a goodwill gesture towards the new leader and the country.
Mr. Buhari said he has used every opportunity at his disposal to discuss the country’s needs with specific reference to terrorism and development at person-to-person meetings and phone conversations with some of these leaders.
He also announced that the leaders of the industrialized nations have shown a preparedness to work with Nigeria to help the country out of her problems.