Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja said that a multinational task force would soon be established to patrol the waters of the Gulf of Guinea.
Speaking at an audience with the French Minister of Defence, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Buhari said that patrols by the multinational task force would augment ongoing efforts to improve security in the Gulf, and curb crude oil theft and piracy.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Fem Adesina, said Buhari and Mr. Le Drian also discussed ongoing French support for the Federal Government’s efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
The president expressed his government’s appreciation of the assistance and support of France and other G7 countries, which he said, had helped Nigeria achieve significant successes against Boko Haram.
“When we got into office in May, last year, Boko Haram was effectively controlling at least 14 local government areas. But now, it is no longer so, and they have resorted to attacking soft targets with Improvised Explosive Devices.
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