Buhari thanks US for military presence in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari currently on a visit to United States of America has expressed gratitude to the US president for the US military physical presence in Nigeria and the training of the Nigerian military institutions.

He also commended the US commitment to the fight against terrorism across the world from which he said Nigeria has fast earned experience.

“We are grateful to the United States for agreeing to give us the aircraft that we asked for. We are even more grateful for the physical presence of the United States military officials in Nigeria. Our institutions in Nigeria, for training them and going to the Northeast to see how they are performing.

“The commitment of the United States to get rid of terrorism across the world, we have fast earned experience from that and we are grateful for it,” he said.

On the issue of herdsmen, Buhari blamed Libya for their increased presence in Nigeria.

“The problem of herders in Nigeria is a very long historical thing. The Nigerian herders don’t carry anything more than a stick and occasionally a matchet to cut down foliage and give it to their animals, these ones are carrying AK-47.

“So, people should not underrate what happened in Libya. 43 years of Ghaddaffi, people were recruited from Sahel and trained to shoot and kill. With the demise of Ghaddaffi they moved to other countries and region and carried the experience with them,” he said.

On the other hand the US president Donald Trump condemned what he described as the killing of Christians in Nigeria which he said they will not accept.

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