PRESIDENT BUHARI CALLS FOR GREATER SUPPORT FOR NIGERIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES FACING HUMANITARIAN CRISES CAUSED BY TERRORISM AND CONFLICTS

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in London
called on the global community to give greater support to countries whose populace are suffering
humanitarian crises caused by terrorism and civil
strife.
Speaking at the Supporting Syria and the Region
conference in the British capital, President Buhari
said that without collective support and assistance from all well-meaning countries, companies and
organisations, the humanitarian catastrophe
affecting millions of people in countries like Nigeria
and Syria cannot be successfully addressed.
The President noted that the increasingly complex
and inter-connected security challenges faced by the global community necessitate increased
international cooperation in pursuit of effective
solutions.
President Buhari strongly condemned the
continuing violence by terrorists against innocent
civilians, abuse of human rights and destruction of public and private assets and cultural heritages in
Nigeria, Syria and other countries of the world.
He told the gathering that having experienced civil
war and terrorist insurgency, Nigeria understands
the pains inflicted on the people of Syria and the
hardship that innocent civilians suffer in the hands of misguided elements.
President Buhari called on all parties involved in the
Syrian conflict to seek a peaceful resolution, saying
that only a political solution could bring the
ongoing tragedy in the country to an end.
Concluding his address, President Buhari expressed Nigeria’s immense sympathy for the
people of Syria.
“We all stand in solidarity with them. Despite the
magnitude of our own challenges and the
increasing stress on our economy, I reaffirm our
Government’s commitment to support and assist the war-affected people of Syria,” he said.
Participants in the conference included the British
Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron, Chancellor
Angela Merkel of Germany, the Secretary-General of
the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, King Abdullah
II of Jordan, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-
Jaber Al-Sabah.
Others were the President of the International
Committee of the Red Cross, Mr. Peter Maurer, the
President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the
Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark and the High
Representative of the European Union, Federica
Mogherini.

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