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Buhari Welcomes Central African Support Against Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration will partner with the eleven-member Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS) to rid Nigeria and her neighbours of the menace of Boko Haram.

The Nigerian President said this at the State House in Abuja on Friday while receiving a message from President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea.

President Buhari said he welcomed the effort to organize a joint meeting between ECCAS and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with a view to coordinating their responses to the threat of terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin area.

In a statement by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, the President noted the role of President Mbasogo in bringing about the proposed summit which he described as a commendable effort.

President Buhari said that he was deeply touched by the commitment shown in Nigeria’s security by Equatorial Guinea. He gave assurances of his commitment to enhancing security and bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Special Envoy of the Equatorial Guinean President, Mr Juan Antonio Bibang Nchuchuma, who brought the message, said his President was prepared to expand and share security intelligence and information with Nigeria to help in the war against corruption and terrorism.

He also requested for a meeting of the security chiefs from both countries.