I will restore military ties with US-Buhari

Posted: April 15, 2015 in Local News

The President elect of Federal Rebublic Of Nigeria, Ex-Gen Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday that he would restore Nigeria’s military ties with United States.

The incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan administration already stopped the training of its military components by the US with the lack of sincerity on the part of the Americans as their reason.

In an article published by the New York times of US, Buhari promised to reform the military among other things.

“My administration would welcome the resumption of a military training agreement with the United States, which was halted during the previous administration. We must, of course, have better coordination with the military campaigns our African allies, like Chad
and Niger, are waging in the struggle against Boko Haram. But, in the end, the answer to this threat must come from within Nigeria.” said Buhari.

“We must start by deploying more troops to the front and away from civilian areas in central and southern Nigeria where for too long they have been used by successive governments to
quell dissent.”Buhari made in his interview.

“We must work closer with our neighbours in coordinating our military efforts so an offensive by one army does not see their country’s rid of Boko Haram only to push it across the border onto their neighbour’s territory.” Buhari claimed.

According to the New York Times article, which carried Buhari’s byline, the incoming administration will aside from using the military to deal with the terrorists’ threat, it will pay greater attention to counter-terrorism initiatives.

He said, “Indeed Boko Haram – which translates in English, roughly, as “western education is sinful” – preys on the perverted belief that the opportunities that education brings are sinful.

“If you are starving and young, and in search of answers as to why your life is so difficult, fundamentalism can be alluring. We know this for a fact because former members of Boko Haram have admitted it: They offer impressionable young people money and the promise of
food, while the group’s mentors twist their minds with fanaticism. “So, we must be ready to offer the parts of our country affected by this group an alternative. Boosting education will be a direct counter-balance to Boko Haram’s appeal.
“In particular we must educate more young girls, ensuring they will grow up to be empowered through learning to play their full part as citizens of Nigeria and pull themselves up and out of poverty. Indeed, we owe it to the schoolgirls of Chibok to provide as best an education
as possible for our fellow young citizens.” claimed Buhari.

Buhari also quoted the late Nelson Mandela…“education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” which he used to claim that Boko Haram would soon believe to be true.

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