Niger Republic President Mohammed Bazoum has pledged his country’s support in combating banditry and other security threats in Nigeria.
The president made the remarks while visiting his Nigerian counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.
Nigeria’s support for the multinational joint task force (MNJTF) operation, he claims, was successful due to Nigeria’s financial intervention.
“Let’s say if Nigeria accepts to do the same in the north-west in the fight against insurgency, we will gladly accept because as you know Nigeria almost entirely funds the operations and we will be very happy because that means it will reduce the economic and financial burden of the fight against these bandits,” he said.
He stated that Nigeria and his country’s strategies must be adjusted in response to emerging security threats in the region.
This is the president of Niger’s second visit to Nigeria since taking office in 2021. President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of Zamfara, Borno, Kebbi, and Jigawa states greeted him.
They discussed economic issues and security challenges facing the West African region during their meeting with Buhari and the governors.