Nigeria's Buhari at G7 to discuss Boko Haram

Nigeria’s newly elected President Muhammadu Buhari travels to Germany to present G7 leaders with wishlist on tackling Boko Haram

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Nigeria’s newly elected President Muhammadu Buhari has traveled to the Bavarian Alps in Germany to present the leaders attending the G7 summit with a “wish list” seeking assistance in tackling the Boko Haram group.

The wish list was a proposal made to Buhari by the G7 leaders prior to his inauguration as a display of goodwill and solidarity towards his desire to eliminating Boko Haram.

Garba Shehu, Buhari’s presidential spokesperson, released a statement on Sunday stating that the list contained the requests Buhari deemed necessary to restore security in Nigeria.

Prior to his meeting, Buhari said “We have a problem which they know.”

“These development issues, many and varied as they are, touch on the economy, combating corruption, increased foreign direct investment, FDI; power and energy, infrastructure, environment, enhanced transparency in elections and good governance.”

Boko Haram has been fighting a six-year insurgency in a bid to establish a state of its own in northern Nigeria and other neighbouring territories and in the process has killed thousands of people and caused about 1.5 million to flee their homes.

A recent offensive by Nigerian army was backed by neighbouring Niger and Chad and led to the recapture of most of the territory in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states and forcing Boko Haram to retreat.
Buhari was sworn into office last month after defeating incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in elections after basing his campaign on defeating Boko Haram, marking the first ever democratic shift in power in the country’s history.

TRTWorld and agencies