Despite glaring inability to cope with terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities that has heightened insecurity in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has committed the Nation to help Niger Republic eliminate terrorism on her land.
Niger is currently groaning with Islamic fundamentalists raiding it especially at its border with Mali and Buhari just said Nigeria will continue to stand with “all her neighbors” in the fight against terrorism.
Buhari and Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger Republic, agreed to strengthen sub-regional security as a way to push back against the “worrisome assertiveness” of insurgents in the sub-Sahara and Sahel regions.
The development came on Tuesday when Buhari called Issoufou on phone to sympathize with him and citizens of Niger Republic, following the recent killing of 137 people in a series of attacks on villages by suspected jihadists.
The attackers, who reportedly rode on motorbikes, raided several villages in southwestern Niger on Sunday, shooting “at everything which moved”.
According to the Nigerien government, the attack was “the bloodiest violence” to hit the country in years.
Buhari condemned the attacks, describing them as “heinous”.
“Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of victims and people of Niger Republic,” Buhari was quoted as saying.
“Nigeria stands with all her neighbors in the fight against terrorism.”
The mounting security challenges in the West African country have led to the loss of lives and properties, as well as the displacement of thousands of Nigerien citizens.
In January, at least 100 people were killed in the western villages of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye.
Less than a week after, another attack claimed the lives of 66 people in the country.
As part of efforts to reduce invasions, the government banned the use of motorbikes in parts of the country.