Gulf of Guinea Piracy : Buhari Seeks Support in Tackling Menace

  • Japan pledges  $300,000 support for Nigeria’s Defence College.
  • Nigeria and the European Union signed a €50 million MoU to support North East’s humanitarian and development efforts.

President Muhammadu Buhari has sought the support of the Asian government in combating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea as well as illegal fishing in that region.

The President made the request during a bilateral meeting between the Nigerian delegation and Japanese officials led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the margins of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7)  on Thursday in Yokohama, Japan.

While commending Abe for the invitation extended to him to attend the triennial Forum, Buhari thanked the Japanese government for attending the pioneer celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria.

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Abe, who welcomed President Buhari’s participation at TICAD7 and the country’s signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement commended his administration for taking Nigeria to the Next Level.

He further pledged a $300,000 support for Nigeria’s Defence College as well as 12 million Yen for the country’s public health sector.

He also pledged his country’s support for Nigeria’s Presidency of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, while seeking Nigeria’s support for Japan’s bid to occupy some global positions.

In a related development, Nigeria and the European Union signed a €50 million Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support humanitarian and development efforts in the country’s North-East region on Thursday.

The cooperation agreement which was signed by Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama and EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica, would bring the total EU support to the country to €562million for 2014-2020.

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President Buhari, who thanked the EU member states for their support especially for the North East, described as “pathetic the situation in internally displaced camps.”

He also called for further assistance to improve youth education in the region to take them out of poverty.

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