President Muhammadu Buhari has said war against terrorism is not one that a single nation could expect to win without international collaboration.
The President, who stated this while receiving Letters of Credence of the new Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador James Kingston Christoff, and Ambassador of Mexico to Nigeria, Juan Alfred Miranda Oritz, commended collective efforts of nations towards tackling security challenges across the globe.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President, while addressing the resuming diplomats, said successes in taming insecurity had been recorded through collaboration across borders, and more could be achieved.
At the regional level, Buhari said Nigeria had been working with other member-states of ECOWAS and other regional blocs, to deal with the problems of terrorism, trans-border crimes, maritime crimes such as piracy and illegal fishing on our waters, illicit drug and human trafficking, banditry, as well as unconstitutional changes of government.
“I believe that matters of security have become the business of all nations as these challenges go beyond the abilities of any single country to effectively contain. The world must, therefore, work closely together and Nigeria counts on your support in cementing the relations between our countries, at both bilateral and multilateral levels, to surmount these global threats to civilization,’’ he said.
“The devastating effect of global insecurity, climate change and the post COVID-19 era has devastated global economies. Nations continue to struggle to recover from these multiple global challenges.
“The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has undermined the progress countries have achieved in tackling food security in the last decade. While, the political instability in Libya continues to fuel terrorism in the Sahel, as well as scuttle democratic sustenance in both West and Central African regions.
“Nigeria is not left out of the equation, as we are fighting to rid our country of banditry, kidnapping, herder/farmer crisis and insurgency. We are, however, making meaningful progress with the support of friendly countries like yours to sustain these fights until we overcome these challenges,’’ he added
The President urged diplomats to monitor political developments, leading to the 2023 elections, but remain true to their professional ethics of non-interference.
Buhari noted that Nigeria was drawing closer to its national elections and candidates were beginning to build consensus within their respective parties in preparations to the launching of campaigns across the country soon.
“As the drums of campaign begin to rise, I urge you to be guided by diplomatic practice to ensure that your activities remain within the limits of your profession as you monitor the build-up to the elections and the conduct of the general elections,” he said.
The President also advised the diplomats to focus on building on the successes of their predecessors.