Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki has urged the French government to step up the support for Nigeria in the war against the dreaded Boko Haram insurgency in the North East of the country.
According to a statement by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President of the Senate, Yusuph Olaniyonu on Sunday said Saraki made the call during a meeting with the President of the French Senate, Gerard Larcher.
It said the duo met at the COP 21 Globe Parliamentary meeting in Paris and that Mr. Saraki urged the French government to step up and assist former colonies in West Africa.
He said that French cooperation was needed in intelligence sharing, provision of manpower as well as material support to overwhelm the insurgents.
The Senate president also solicited the help of France for the more than two million internally displaced persons in the country.
“We need to ensure that the people do not return to abject poverty and squalor which contributed to the festering of the hate campaigns by the Boko Haram members.
“If we do not start thinking about how to achieve that, we will soon face another major crisis after ending the present one,” he said.
Saraki further called for the establishment of a Nigeria-France Forum to address insecurity, trade and other areas of mutual interest.