By John Ikani
President Muhammadu Buhari has once again solicited support from the United States and other countries to combat insurgency within the nation’s border.
Making the call in an opinion piece published on Financial Times, Buhari also acknowledged the expanding grip of extremist groups and terrorists across the African continent, citing countries like Mozambique and Somalia.
While noting that “Africa has enough soldiers of our own,” Buhari added that “more can be done to help with technical assistance, advanced weaponry, intelligence and ordinance.”
Buhari also spoke on the importance of military strategy and strength in the war against terrorism, as well as how unemployment factors into feeding terrorists groups such as the Boko Haram and the Daesh.
He further asserted that infrastructure trumps military action and argued that infrastructure would be a longer lasting solution to the rising insecurity across Africa.
“What we need above all is investment in infrastructure. Transport and freight lines can spread opportunity across nations unequal in economic strength.
“That is why we in Nigeria have begun building a train line from the southern coast through the north-east to Niger, our neighbour,” Buhari wrote.