Buhari seeks global action against extremist ideologies, terrorism •Addresses EU Parliament on Feb. 3

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Eldoret, Kenya, said the global community must act with more determination and vigour against radicalisation and extremist ideologies which encourage terrorism.

A statement issued in Abuja by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari spoke at a Memorial Service in Honour of Kenyan Soldiers killed by Al-Shabaab in Somalia recently.

Buhari said peace-loving nations must now come together and deal with the threat posed to global security by terrorism with greater zeal and cohesion.

“Terrorists should not have a place in our communities, villages, towns, cities and countries. We must all rise against the culture of intolerance, hatred and extremist ideologies, which drive terrorism.

“We must also act with more firmness against radicalisation and all those who promote values and principles that threaten our unity and cohesion as a people.

“Nigeria is willing to work with Kenya, other African countries and the global community with a view to defeating these undesirable elements.

“We must take the battle to the terrorists whoever they are and wherever they are.

“This requires commitment, sacrifice, resources, collaboration and above all a realisation that no country is immune to the scourge, as terrorists do not respect national boundaries, race, colour, religion or creed.”

The President applauded the bravery of Nigerian and Kenyan soldiers, and others around the world “who have remained faithful and committed to the cause of ensuring a secure and peaceful world in spite of daunting challenges.”

Buhari paid special tribute to the Kenyan soldiers who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on their base in Somalia.

“I wish to use this occasion to pay tribute to all the fallen heroes of the El Adde attack and pray for the repose of their souls.

“In our efforts to collaboratively tackle terrorism, it is our sacred duty as leaders, politicians and compatriots to ensure that the blood of these fallen heroes was not shed in vain.”

According to the statement, Buhari, who is on a three-day state visit to Kenya, attended the memorial service in the company of his host, President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Hassan Mohamoud of Somalia.

Meanwhile, Buhari is billed to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, the Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria, Mr Michel Arrion, has said.

Arrion, who disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday at a news conference, said the President’s visit to the Parliament was at the invitation of the EU.

He explained that Buhari would deliver his speech to the over 750-member parliament from the 28 EU member countries.

According to him, Buhari will afterwards, have personal sessions with the President of the European Commission.

He said the visit would centre on the President’s agenda of security, anti-corruption and economy development, among others.

On security, he said the EU commended Buhari’s visit to Nigeria’s neighbours on regional collaboration against Boko Haram insurgency.

He said the meeting would also discuss how the EU could cooperate with Nigeria to fight corruption and return stolen funds to Nigeria.

Arrion said the Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility signed between Nigeria and the EU on March 12, 2015, would be fine-tuned during Buhari’s visit.

He said the EU would further put the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), with Nigeria on the front burner during Buhari’s visit.

The EU envoy declared that the signing of EPA would not be an invasion of the European products into the Nigerian markets.

He said EU had signed the EPA agreement with ECOWAS while most African countries had ratified it but wondered why Nigeria had not.

•Pieced together from two separate NAN stories. Photo shows President Buhari.


Source: News Express

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