Despite the bombings still being carried out in
parts of the country by members of the Boko
Haram sect, President Muhammadu Buhari on
Sunday said the sect is no longer in a position
to cause serious threat to his administration’s
While admitting that the sect’s activities had led
to loss of many lives and displacement of
innocent people in the country, the President
boasted that since his assumption of office in
May 2015, Boko Haram has been systematically
According to a statement by his Special Adviser
on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the
President spoke at a bilateral meeting he had
with the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh
Tamim Bin Hammad Al-Thani, on Sunday.
Buhari was also said to have talked on the
situation in the Middle East and commended
the role Qatar is playing in resolving the
present Syrian crisis, the Palestinian cause and
efforts in reconstructing Gaza.
He said, “The conflicts in Yemen and Syria, with
their attendant humanitarian crisis, need
genuine international effort to solve.
“Nigeria as a peace-loving country identifies
with the State of Qatar in all her peace efforts
in the world to end terrorist activities.
“Nigeria is a victim of terrorism. It is with heavy
heart that I stand before you and say activities
of Boko Haram have led to loss of many lives
and displacement of innocent people in our
“We, however, take pride to inform you that
since our coming to power, Boko Haram has
been systematically decimated and are in no
position to cause serious threat to our
“I wish to reiterate that Nigeria rejects violence
and extremism in all their ramifications, and we
assure Your Highness that we are with the
State of Qatar in your efforts to fight terrorism
and injustice in your region and in the world at
Buhari also called for a lasting solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying, “We in
Nigeria, like the State of Qatar, favour a ‘Two
State’ solution, with the State of Palestine living
side by side with the State of Israel.
“I want to assure you that we will stand side by
side with you, until our brothers and sisters in
Palestine achieve their desired objectives.
“Our support for various Security Council
resolutions restoring and respecting 1967
boundaries with Jerusalem as capital of
Palestine is firm and unshaken.”
The President also stressed the need for
member states of the Organisation of
Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC
members to cooperate and find a common
ground to stabilise crude oil prices.
He described the current market situation in
the industry which has seen oil prices plummet
by 70 per cent since mid-2014, as
“As members of OPEC and Gas Exporting
Countries Forum, our relations in the areas of
oil and gas, which our two nations heavily rely
on, need to be enhanced and coordinated for
the benefit of our people.
“The current market situation in the oil industry
is unsustainable and totally unacceptable.
“We must cooperate both within and outside
our respective organisations to find a common
ground to stabilise the market, which will be
beneficial to our nations,’’ the President said on
the second day of his state visit to Qatar.
The President used the occasion of his address
to the emir to commend the existing cordial
bilateral relations between both countries and
invited prospective Qatari investors to take
advantage of the abundant opportunities in
Nigeria and invest in the key areas of energy,
agriculture, real estate development, banking