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Insecurity: Buhari says trust has been rebuilt with traditional western allies

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that in his seven years in the saddle, western allies renewed confidence in his administration. He said the existing trust between the federal government and western powers led to the successful procurement of 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets and continued intelligence sharing with the government of United kingdom.In an interview with Bloomberg, Buhari, who spoke on the death of ISWAP terror leader for the first time said he was killed by air strikes unleashed by the Nigerian Air Force.He also urged western powers to designate the Indeginous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation.”In 2015, Boko Haram held territory the size of Belgium within the borders of Nigeria. Today they are close to extinct as a military force. The leader of ISWAP was eliminated by a Nigerian Airforce airstrike in March. The jets acquired from the US and intelligence shared by British were not provided to previous administrations and stand as testament to renewed trust re-built between Nigeria and our traditional western allies under my government.”We urge those same international partners to take additional steps costing them nothing, by proscribing another group – IPOB – as a terrorist organisation. Their leadership enjoys safe haven in the West, broadcasting hate speech into Nigeria from London, spending millions lobbying members of the US Congress, and freely using international financial networks to arm agitators on the ground. This must stop”, he said.”My administration is the only in Nigeria’s history to implement a solution to decades-long herder-farmer conflicts, exacerbated by desertification and demographic growth. The National Livestock Transformation Plan, putting ranching at its core, is the only way to deplete the competition for resources at the core of the clashes. “Governors from some individual states have sought to play politics where ranches have been established; but where they have been disputes have dramatically reduced”, he said.

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