No Nation Can Independently Battle Security Challenges -President Buhari

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said no nation can independently fight its security challenges.

This comes amidst serious security threats around the country caused by terrorists groups.

Buhari spoke yesterday at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja, while receiving Letters of Credence of Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador James Kingston Christoff, and Ambassador of Mexico to Nigeria, Juan Alfred Miranda Oritz.

“I believe that matters of security have become the business of all nations, as these challenges go beyond the abilities of any single country to effectively contain.” he said.

He applauded the collective efforts of nations towards battling security challenges across the globe and within Nigeria, prompting more collaboration.

“The world must, therefore, work closely together and Nigeria counts on your support in cementing the relations between our countries at both bilateral and multilateral levels to surmount these global threats to civilisation,” the president said.

He confirmed that successes in efforts to curb insecurity had been achieved through collaboration across borders, and more could be achieved.

In his words: “The devastating effect of global insecurity, climate change and the post-COVID-19 era has devastated global economies. Nations continue to struggle to recover from these multiple global challenges.

 “The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has undermined the progress countries have achieved in tackling food security in the last decade. While, the political instability in Libya continues to fuel terrorism in the Sahel, as well as scuttle democratic sustenance in both West and Central African regions.

“Nigeria is not left out of the equation, as we are fighting to rid our country of banditry, kidnapping, herder/farmer crisis and insurgency. We are, however, making meaningful progress with the support of friendly countries like yours to sustain these fights until we overcome these challenges.”

Furthermore, Buhari added that Nigeria is cooperating with other member-states of ECOWAS and other regional blocs to deal with terrorism, trans-border crimes, and maritime crimes, such as piracy and illegal fishing on our waters, illicit drug, and human trafficking, banditry as well as unconstitutional changes of government.

He encouraged the diplomats to monitor political developments in the country ahead of the 2023 general election, but said they must remain true to their professional ethics of non-interference.

Buhari noted that Nigeria was drawing close to its national elections and candidates at different levels were beginning to build consensus within their respective parties in preparation for the start of campaigns across the country soon.

“As the drums of campaign begin to rise, I urge you to be guided by diplomatic practice to ensure that your activities remain within the limits of your profession as you monitor the build-up to the elections and the conduct of the general elections,” President Buhari said.

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