France And Other G7 Countries Pledge To Assit Nigeria Grow

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The governments of France, Canada and Germany, yesterday, at the G-7 Summit in Germany, promised to assist Nigeria fight terrorism. The countries have pledged to help train military personnel’s and also intelligence gathering on the activities of the insurgent group “Boko Haram”.

Canadian leader at the summit, said: “Like other G-7 members, Canada is concerned about the emergence of ISIS-affiliated groups elsewhere in the Middle East, in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Africa, including Boko Haram in Nigeria.”

A the summit, President Buhari pledged to wipe out Boko Haram from the country as he said Nigeria would welcome support and cooperation from France and other friendly nations for its ongoing efforts to overcome Boko Haram and restore normalcy to areas affected by the group’s atrocities.

The President said his administration was already taking concrete action to build a more efficient and effective coalition of Nigeria and neighboring countries against Boko Haram.

Nigeria, he said, would appreciate more intelligence on the terrorist group’s links with ISIS, movements, training and its sources of arms and ammunition.

President Buhari said; “There is clearly no religious basis for the actions of the group. Their atrocities show that members of the group either do not know God at all or they don’t believe in him.”

President Francois Hollande of France commended President Buhari’s efforts to galvanize Nigeria’s armed forces, security agencies and neighboring countries for more decisive action to eradicate Boko Haram.

The French leader assured Buhari that France would give Nigeria and its coalition partner’s greater support against terrorism and insecurity, including military and intelligence cooperation.

He said the support was to help them to overcome the security challenge posed by Boko Haram and its global terrorist allies as quickly as possible.

He also called for greater bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and France in other areas, including trade, economic and cultural relations.

Speaking on global warming, German officials said earlier that the whole one-hour session would focus on global warming. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a former environment minister, is hosting the summit six months before a United Nations climate conference in Paris.

Merkel said last week that she wanted to make the summit discussion on climate a priority to help ensure the UN conference’s success. Group of Seven leaders agreed yesterday to wean their economies off carbon fuels and supported a global goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but they stopped short of agreeing their own immediate binding targets.

In a communique issued after their two-day summit in Bavaria, the G-7 leaders said they backed reducing global greenhouse gas emissions at the upper end of a range of 40 to 70 per cent by 2050, using 2010 as a basis. The range was recommended by the IPCC, the United Nations’ climate-change panel. They also backed a global target for limiting the rise in average global temperatures to two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial levels.

“We commit to doing our part to achieve a low-carbon global economy in the long-term, including developing and deploying innovative technologies striving for a transformation of the energy sectors by 2050, and invite all countries to join us in this endeavor,” the communique read.

G-7 host, Angela Merkel of Germany, once dubbed the “climate chancellor,” hoped to revitalize her green credentials by getting the G-7 nations to agree specific emissions goals ahead of a larger year-end United Nations climate meeting in Paris.

The leaders stopped short of agreeing any such immediate binding targets for their economies. Green lobby groups nonetheless welcomed the direction of their agreements.

“They’ve given important political signals, but they could have done more, particularly by making concrete national commitments for immediate action,” said Sam Smith, leader of the WWF Global Climate and Energy Initiative.

“We had hoped for more commitments on what they would do right now.” The Europeans had pressed their G7 partners to sign up to legally binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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