Buhari rallies supports for MNJTF, Boko Haram victims

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for assistance from Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members, development partners and international community in the fight against terrorism.

He urged them to provide necessary assistance for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) set up by Nigeria and other countries in the Lake Chad region, to tackle  Boko Haram and other terrorists groups in the region.

Apart from assisting security personnel, Buhari also urged the international community to help victims and countries affected by Boko Haram insurgence.

A statement issued by the spokesperson, Nigerian Mission to the United Nations, Mr. Akinremi Bolaji, said the President made the request during the 17th Summit of NAM held at the Island of Margarita, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Buhari emphasized the need to provide assistance to member countries affected by terror groups’ activities, especially the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees.

He said the twin scourge of terrorism and violent extremism had continued to wreak havoc in Nigeria and countries around Lake Chad Basin.

He insisted that thousands of people have been killed and maimed in addition to the millions displaced from their homes.

He said, “It is essential that the Non-Aligned Movement finds a role for itself in addressing these challenges, so as to retain its relevance in the world of today and in the future.

“In addressing the challenge of resource mobilization and flows for sustainable development of our countries.

“Our collective solidarity is required now more than ever before, to uphold the Bandung Principles.

“I need not stress that cooperation among nations is an essential condition for global peace, security and a just world economic order that is anchored on democratic values.”

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