Buhari Holds Bilateral Talks with Ireland, Greece …Says Nigeria Gradually Overcoming Insecurity

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President Muhammadu Buhari in bilateral talks with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Michael Martin, on Friday has said that with the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military, insecurity in Nigeria will soon be a thing of the past.

President Muhammadu Buhari in bilateral talks with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Michael Martin, on Friday has said that with the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military, insecurity in Nigeria will soon be a thing of the past.

In a statement issued on Friday in New York, Buhari said: “In the past few months, with new platforms and boosted morale among the security forces, Nigeria is moving steadily in the direction of overcoming its insecurity. We will continue to partner with nations across the globe especially in the use of technology so that Nigeria can learn something useful.”

The president, who was represented by his media aide – Femi Adesina - told Martin that with the COVID-19 pandemic experience, it is better for the world to work together rather than independently in order to enhance progress for humanity,

He expressed hope that the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 outbreak will impact on other areas to enable Nigerians and the world, in general, have sustainable peace.

He further assured the Prime Minister that Nigeria will continually do its best to sustain the relationship it has with Ireland, if not improve on it, especially on the level of education as many Nigerians who are schooling and working there are doing well.

Martin, who told the Nigerian president that Ireland was seeking ways to increase the level of relations with the country, disclosed that Nigeria remains his country’s largest trading partner in Africa.

He also expressed hope that his country will move into other areas like the deployment of technology to help Nigeria overcome its challenges in health and security, adding that Europe and the world now need to look elsewhere for sources of energy as the war in Ukraine has intensified.

Meanwhile, in a separate meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, President Buhari urged the country to have a closer partnership with Nigeria in education, health, security as well as non-oil and gas sectors.

While stressing the importance of education and knowledge, President Buhari said the time has come to begin looking at practical ways to tackle health challenges that come without notice.

Mitsotakis told Buhari that “Greece possessed the technological know-how in security, surveillance as well as intelligence gathering and utilization, and was in a position to assist Nigeria.”

He also noted that “though technology is not cheap, it is the best way to go as there is no alternative to peace,” further adding that he will put together a business delegation with experts in health, education as well as oil and gas to visit and interface with the private sector in Nigeria to look at parameters under which they can come in.

The Prime Minister went ahead to extend an invitation to President Buhari to visit Greece before the end of his tenure.