African territory is off-limits to terrorists, according to President Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu called on the United Kingdom to work with Nigeria and the rest of Africa to root out terrorists.
However, he cautioned that security would remain an issue so long as governments in the region remained fragile.
At the time, Tinubu was hosting the Rt Hon. James Cleverly MP, the UK’s Secretary of Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He also lamented the state of affairs in Niger, the Sahel, and the Horn of Africa, all of which provide safe havens for terrorists.
Tinubu has formally requested the UK government’s assistance in Nigeria’s efforts to secure West Africa in a statement signed by his media aide, Ajuri Ngelale.
Don’t want Africa and our sub-region to become a nest for terrorists, President Tinubu told the Foreign Secretary, thus we need a dynamic partnership on security and economic development.
To promote democracy and stability in Niger and Africa, Rt Hon. Cleverly stated that the British government will back Tinubu’s and ECOWAS’s decision.
“For us, it is in our national interest to see a peaceful and prosperous African continent because peace and security go hand in hand,” he explained.