President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the G-7 nations have requests him to submit to them the needs of the country in the fight against Boko Haram and has presented same to the member-states of Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).
The President made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen at the presentation of the communiqué of the meeting of the Presidents and Heads of Government of the LCBC.
He said that he was personally invited by the G7 to its recent summit and he was impressed by the tremendous sympathy they have for the LCBC sub-region.
The President said: “Their humanitarian approach to the issue to say the least is very impressive.
“All of them, not just in Europe but Presidents Barack Obama, Angela Merkel of Germany and Hollande of France are all willing to help us.
“They have actually asked me to discuss with their Chiefs of Defence Staff or their Ministries of Defence or to talk to them directly on what we need.
“I brought this case to our meeting here and I told them that Nigeria has worked quite far and I asked for a five-hour meeting with my service chiefs and I asked them to produce a comprehensive logistic requirement,’’ he said.
President Buhari further said he advised his LCBC colleagues to produce their logistic requirements for the fight against insurgency in the sub-region.
He said that after the next African Union meeting, member states will present to the G7, which he said are very anxious to help.
The President explained that the G-7’s anxiety is understandable, especially with Boko Haram’s declaration of their loyalty to ISIS and considering what ISIS is doing not only to the Gulf states but to the Middle East and the world at large
Buhari also said the cross border war against insurgency was not limited by troops fighting in their respective territories as Chad and Niger soldiers were already in Nigeria to flush out the insurgents.