Buhari Seeks Global Help Against Oil Theft, Says Nigeria can surmount insecurity

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(Last Updated On: 2016-12-06)

Nahimat Adekoga

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has told the global community that Nigeria is capable of surmounting her security challenges but demanded assistant in curbing oil thefts in the country.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu quoted Buhari as saying this in Dakar, Senegal, Tuesday, at a panel of Heads of State at the Third Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa.

President Buhari was also quoted as appealing to the international community to focus more attention on addressing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and unemployment in Nigeria.

‘‘In the southern part of the country, stolen Nigerian crude is being illegally transported through the Gulf of Guinea and installations offshore are being subverted. We also have the problem of unemployment in Nigeria. With a population of 180 million people of which 65 per cent are under the age of 35, young Nigerians are looking for any kind of job to survive.

‘‘We are addressing the situation (unemployment) by turning to agriculture and solid minerals because we are lucky to be blessed with arable land, water and resources,’’ the president told the panel.

Buhari assured the global community that the end of Boko Haram terrorists was in sight, commending the increased cooperation between Nigeria and her neighbours in the fight against terrorism.

 

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