Two weeks ago, when President Buhari visited Saudi Arabia, press releases on the encounter seemed to have suggested that the President turned down the offer to join the Islamic coalition against terrorists. However, in a recent interview broadcast by Qatari media house, Al Jazeera, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari admitted that Nigeria has indeed joined the coalition against terrorism. He explained that the alliance seeks to put an end to the menace that is terrorism and it was only right that Nigeria becomes a part of the bloc.
“We are part of it because we’ve got terrorists in Nigeria that everybody knows which claim that they are Islamic.
“So, if there’s an Islamic coalition to fight terrorism, Nigeria will be part of it because we are casualties of Islamic terrorism.”
He also admitted that he had suggested the membership during his meeting with HRH King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz in his recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
Although he declined to reveal how the coalition is supposed to work for Nigeria, he made reference to the Lake Chad Basin Commission adding that;
“Well, that we mentioned under Lake Chad Basin Commission, our regional grouping compromising Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin and we dedicated a certain number of troops to be deployed in our own sub-region and I don’t think we have to tell the press the details of that.”
The coalition which is also known as the Islamic Military Alliance is an affiliation consisting of mostly Islamic nations who bid to fight against Islamic terrorism of all types. The coalition was first announced by Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Defense, on December 15, 2015. Nigeria was a part of the published 34-member list. The alliance works in line with the united Nations and the Organization of Islamic Countries.
In the interview, the president reiterated that he has not failed in the fight against Boko Haram. He also talked about Nigeria’s economy and the need to raise oil prices to aid Nigeria’s undiversified economy.