President Mohammed Bazoum of the Niger Republic has pledged his country’s support to help Nigeria tackle banditry and other security threats bedeviling it.
Bazoum made this known on Thursday when he visited his Nigerian counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He acknowledged Nigeria’s support towards the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) operation which he said 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 said Nigeria and his country must modify their strategies to the emerging security threats in the area.
This is the Nigerien president’s second visit to Nigeria since he came into power in 2021. He was welcomed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the governors of Zamfara, Borno, Kebbi, and Jigawa states.
During the meeting with Buhari and the governors, they discussed economic issues and security challenges facing the West African region.