POSTED BY Pat PA Okon
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said that regional cooperation is now needed more than ever to combat the world-wide threat of violent extremism.
Speaking at a bilateral meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan, President Buhari stressed that inter- regional cooperation and information sharing were the only ways the evil of terrorism could be curtailed.
President Buhari used the opportunity of the meeting to thank the Jordanian King for his constant support and assistance to Nigeria especially with the recent donation of armoured vehicles and other military equipment to further bolster the war against terrorism and insurgency in the country.
In his remarks, King Abdullah II advocated broader measures especially the use of cyber security in checking the influence of terrorists. He pledged the continued support of the Kingdom of Jordan to Nigeria in its war against violent extremism.
The president was accompanied to the meeting by the National Security Adviser,Babagana Monguno and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
President Buhari arrived Jordan on 1st December, 2017, and joined other Heads of State in Aqaba, Jordan, to review strategies in fighting terrorism, and reinforce joint security structures that will be more proactive in preventing attacks.
The Counter-Terrorism Meeting tagged: Aqaba Retreat, is hosted by His Majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and has in attendance West African Heads of State, representatives of governments of 48 countries and a number of key Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
On the trip, the President is accompanied by the Minister of Defence,Monsur Dan Ali; Governor of Niger State, H.E. AbubakarSani Bello; Governor of Kogi State, H.E. Yahaya Bello and Governor of Osun State, H.E. RaufAregbesola; as well as the Minister of Educationand the Acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency.