The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Monday 18th January 2016, met with H.E. Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and commended Buhari’s efforts to address corruption.
Ban Ki-moon also commended President Buhari’s efforts to tackle insecurity and promote economic development in the country and expressed the United Nations’ continuing support to these efforts.
Reiterating the United Nations’ support to Nigeria and the countries of the Lake Chad Basin in the prevention of violent extremism, the Secretary-General encouraged the Government to support his newly unveiled Plan of Action and join the global partnership to confront this issue. He stressed the need for military operations to be conducted in full accordance with international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.
The Secretary-General and the President also discussed the serious security, human rights and humanitarian consequences of Boko Haram’s activities in Northeast Nigeria and in the Lake Chad Basin countries. The Secretary-General noted the success of recent military efforts to combat Boko Haram, while highlighting the need to address the root causes of the conflict.
President Buhari also said in collaboration with the Multinational Joint Task Force, the Nigerian Armed Forces have driven the terrorist group from Nigerian territory into “fall-back positions”.
“They are currently not holding any territory today as we speak,” he reassured Mr. Ban Ki Moon.