Terrorism spreading beyond imagination in Africa – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has underscored the need for African leaders to pull resources and efforts together in order to defeat terrorism on the continent.

He said this yesterday in a statement issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu, to commiserate with the people and President Mohammed Bazoum of Niger Republic over the killing of 69 people by insurgents on the country’s common border with Mali and Burkina Faso.

The president, who expressed deep shock and grief over the incident, said indiscriminate violence on innocent people in one place was a threat everywhere in Africa, and therefore, there was the urgency of greater cooperation among African countries to nip terrorist threats in the bud.

He added that the dastardly and callous attack on innocent people, including a mayor in Niger Republic, was a disturbing setback to the regional efforts to stem terrorism.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to support locally manufactured goods to boost trade activities and prospects in the country.

He said this yesterday in his keynote address at the opening of the 35th edition of Lagos International Trade Fair organized by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, described trade as central to ending poverty, raising peoples’ standards of living, accelerating economic growth and improving productivity.

The president disclosed that one of the major policy thrusts the federal government was deploying to drive the facilitation of trade and market access was the imminent revision of Nigeria’s trade policy. The President of the Chamber, Toki Mabogunje, in her opening remark said the chamber’s programmes, advocacy activities and capacity development were geared towards the realization of economic aspirations.