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Boko Haram degraded but still preys on soft targets — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Turkey-Africa Summit to partner with African countries on initiatives targeting the reduction of climate change on the continent, like the Great Green Wall on Environment and Land Management.

President Buhari who made the appeal on Saturday at the third edition of the Summit in Instanbul, also called for concrete support to help defeat terrorism and insurgency on the African continent.

President Buhari said the Boko Haram terrorist group, though fragmented by internal strife and degraded by Nigeria’s defense forces, is still active and preying on soft targets.

The President expressed delight that the Summit convened by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has given due consideration to the issue of terrorism, while also focusing on development and infrastructure in Africa.

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According to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari said ”Another area this partnership must focus on is the global challenge of climate change which is impacting us in Nigeria, Turkey, across Africa, and indeed across the world.

”It has become a catalyst for conflict through food insecurity, drying up of lakes; loss of livelihood and youth migration, among others.

”The trend is the same around the world where communities are overwhelmed by forest fires, rising sea levels, flood, drought and desertification.

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”I want to seize this opportunity to appeal for support for initiatives such as Africa’s Great Green Wall on Environment and Land Management, which is designed to fight the effects of climate change and desertification in Africa.

”The initiative aims to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land in the 11 countries of the Sahel-Sahara strip, capture 250 million tons of carbon and create 10 million green jobs by 2030,” he said.

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