Terrorists kill over 10,000 Nigerians, displace two million — Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday night disclosed
that more than 10,000 persons were killed and over two
million displaced internally by terrorists in Nigeria in the last
He said the majority of the internally displaced persons are
women and children.
According to a statement on Saturday by his Special
Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the
President spoke at a banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II
for Heads of State and Government participating in the
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta.
Adesina quoted the President as calling for the
establishment of a Commonwealth Committee to oversee
the rendering of greater assistance and support to Nigeria
and other member-countries adversely affected by the
scourge of terrorism.
been established before the next meeting of the
The President also expected the committee to visit member-
countries of the Commonwealth in the grip of terrorists with
a view to evolving practical strategies for more meaningful
assistance to the affected countries.
He urged the Commonwealth to show greater resolve in
helping Nigeria and other developing nations in its ranks to
overcome the challenges of economic development,
security, terrorism and corruption.
He said, “With the improvement of global communications,
terrorism has no borders now. What happened recently in
France had a profound effect on all of us, but very few
countries realise that Nigeria has suffered terrorist
casualties of over 10,000 killed in the last six years.
now, we have over two million internally displaced persons,
most of whom are women and children, and most of the
children are orphans.”
Buhari informed the gathering of efforts by Nigeria and
other members of the Lake Chad Basin Commission to curb
the menace of Boko Haram.
He said the problem of terrorism in West Africa had been
aggravated by the collapse of the Gadhafi regime in Libya.
“We have agreed to a joint task-force for the elimination of
Boko Haram, but it may not be easy, especially after the
events in Libya when trained people with weapons moved
back to Sahel region from where they were recruited by the
former Libyan leader. Those weapons and expertise in their
use are now aggravating the situation in the Sahel and
further south,” the President said.
While calling for greater international support for Nigeria
and other countries affected by terrorism, Buhari expressed
his administration’s appreciation of the assistance already
being received from the Commonwealth, Britain, the Group
of Seven Industrialised Nations, France and the United
He added, “I am grateful to Britain, France and the United
States. They have already sent teams to train the Nigerian
Military and Police in the control of terrorism. The
Commonwealth has helped us in so many ways by the
visible support they have been giving to help us overcome
the problem of terrorism.”
The Queen’s Banquet at which Buhari spoke was also
attended by the Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Mr. Ban Ki Moon.