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We Will Work With Regional Forces To Fight Boko Haram – Buhari
President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has promised that his administration would continue to partner with Cameroon, Niger and Chad in the on-going war against the insurgency in the North east.
Buhari said this when a delegation from Borno State government paid him a courtesy visit.
The delegation included the state governor, Kashim Shettima, the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Garbai Elkanemi and some elders from the state.
Buhari’s assurances which were contained in a press statement issued on Monday by the special adviser to Borno State governor on media, Isa Gusau, said the President – elect told his audience that he is aware of the unique security challenges being faced by the North east.
According to him, Buhari promised that his administration would enhance collaboration with Chad, Niger and Cameroon to curtail the trans-border movement of insurgents and also cut the supply of arms and equally stop the recruitment and training of fresh recruits for terrorist activities.
Buhari, the statement noted, also said the stability of the North east was a crucial project for his administration, insisting that nothing can be achieved unless peace was restored to the troubled region.
He also promised to focus on re-activating the Lake Chad in addition to deploying enormous resources to resume the search for oil along the Chad Basin and other parts of Borno State.
Buhari also assured the delegation that the issue of the receding Lake Chad would be addressed through the transfer of water from the Central African Republic, CAR to the lake to boost commercial activities for fishing and irrigation farming.
“He recalled that he once read a document raising fears about receding of the Lake Chad which he handed over to then President Olusegun Obasanjo but now that he would be coming in as President, he would handle the matter, insisting that the lake has the potentials to create millions of jobs through irrigation and many other commercial activities,” the statement noted.
The President – elect said that he once visited a site in Borno State when he was Head of State to assess exploration activities, maintaining that he was very conversant with the issue and would take it up as president when he assumed office.
He also promised to pay special attention to the economic potentials of the North east so as to make it attractive for investments.
Governor Kashim Shettima who led the delegation disclosed earlier during the visit that they were at the residence of the incoming president to congratulate him over his victory at the polls and equally remind him of problems affecting Borno State which he already knew.
Shettima said the people of Borno felt an attachment to the President elect given his background as a former military governor of the Borno State.
He said the citizens look up to him with renewed hope because he was familiar with the problems of the state and how it has suffered in the last six year due to insurgency.
Also, the Shehu of Borno appealed to Buhari to consider enhancing the welfare of youth volunteers battling the insurgents. The monarch noted that the Borno state government had been bearing the burden of taking care of the youths.
He also appealed for Buhari’s intervention in ensuring the resumption of commercial airline activities to Maiduguri International Airport, which has been suspended for over a year now.