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Tinubu asks UN to increase support for fight against terrorism

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President Bola Tinubu on Friday tasked the United Nations to be more practical in supporting Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.

In an audience with the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office on Counter-Terrorism, Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, at the State House on Thursday, the President noted that terrorism had consistently reversed the gains on development and increased instability in families and communities.

“We appreciate all that you have been doing. We know that in the face of many demands and challenges, you can still do much better. We can give you an A’ in collaboration but a B’ in physical support. You have to do more because terrorism is an effective danger to democracy, and terrorism is also an effective danger to development.

“Growth and prosperity cannot be achieved until we banish terrorism. We have to equally look at other sides of the issue, and I have said it is the where, how, and when of terrorism,” the President said.

In his remarks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, said he had highlighted some of the conditions that promote insurgency, like poverty and injustice, with the UN team while noting the Nigerian Government’s response.

“Nigeria continues to make significant investments in education and social security,” he said.

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