Saraki lobbies French Parliament on insurgency

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Senator Bukola Saraki
United Bank for Africa

Senator Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Senate President on Sunday called on the French government to be more decisive in supporting the war against terrorism, particularly the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-eastern part of Nigeria and neighbouring former French-colonies in West Africa.

Saraki lobbies French Parliament on insurgency
Senator Bukola Saraki

Senator Saraki made this call during a two-hour bilateral meeting with the President of the French Senate, Gerard Larcher, at the on-going COP 21 Globe Parliamentary meeting in Paris.

He urged French parliamentarians to push for more support for the Nigerian government towards resolving the Boko Haram crisis which he said poses grave danger to French strategic interests in West Africa.

He noted that France could intervene by sharing vital intelligence with Nigerian Defence authorities and providing manpower as well as material support so that the insurgents would be overwhelmed and defeated in a short time.

While commiserating with the French people on the recent terrorist attack in the country, Senator Saraki also solicited for the help of France in assisting the over 2 million internally displaced people in North Eastern Nigeria.