President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he was disturbed after realising the link between the Boko Haram sect and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Buhari made this on Thursday at a joint press conference he held with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey after their talks in Ankara saying he was happy that his administration had been able to prove that it can contain the insurgents adding that they also discussed the prospects of increasing their bilateral trade, which has exceeded $779m in the first eight months of 2017.
The two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation between the security agencies of both countries to counter terrorism as the defence Ministers of both countries held extensive discussions on developing new strategies for counter-terrorism.
“We were very surprised and disturbed by the claim made by Boko Haram on what they have been getting from ISIS,” he said.
“We know we will be able to contain them and we have proven that we can do it.
“We are very pleased that Turkey is in a position to assist us and has been strengthening our educational and health institutions.
“We are very pleased with the progress of the meeting so far and we are going to wait for the details of meetings between the two countries.
“We will as a result of the meeting between the ministers and officials of both countries strengthen rapidly whatever their recommendations are.”
The President said the improved security situation in the North-East was an eloquent testimony to the efforts of his administration in combating terrorism since he came into office in May 2015
“There are a lot of potentialities in terms of investments and a lot is being done in the educational and health sectors in Nigeria,” he said.
“These will be strengthened and I assure you that Nigeria is prepared to accept Turkish business people to come and explore more of Nigeria’s potentialities.”