Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

ABUJA– Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commended the collective efforts of the international community toward tackling security challenges across the globe and within Nigeria, urging more collaboration to check terrorism, banditry and insurgency.

Buhari, while receiving letters of credence in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, from some newly posted ambassadors to Nigeria, said the successes in taming insecurity had been recorded through collaboration across borders and more could be achieved. 

He said the devastating effect of global insecurity, climate change and the post-COVID-19 era has devastated global economies, adding nations continue to struggle to recover from these multiple global challenges. 

“Nigeria is not left out of the equation, as we are fighting to rid our country of banditry, kidnapping, herder-farmer crisis, and insurgency.

We are, however, making meaningful progress with the support of friendly countries to sustain these fights until we overcome these challenges,” Buhari said.

 According to him, the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has undermined the progress countries have achieved in tackling food security in the last decade. 

Likewise, he said, the political instability in Libya continues to fuel terrorism in the Sahel, as well as scuttle democratic sustenance in both West and Central African regions. 

At the regional level, Buhari said Nigeria had been working with other member states of the Economic Community of West African States and other regional blocs, to deal with the problems of terrorism, trans-border crimes, maritime crimes, such as piracy, illegal fishing, human trafficking, banditry, as well as unconstitutional changes of government. 

“I believe that matters of security have become the business of all nations as these challenges go beyond the abilities of any single country to effectively contain.

“The world must, therefore, work closely together and Nigeria counts on your support in cementing the relations between our countries at both bilateral and multilateral levels to surmount these global threats to civilization,” he added. – Xinhua