Guterres, who is visiting Nigeria for the first time as secretary-general, said he had traveled to Nigeria “to show solidarity with the victims of terrorism,” according to a statement from his office.
Buhari hosted Guterres at the presidential villa in the capital Abuja on Wednesday, where he expressed his gratitude for the United Nations’ support in the fight against the country’s terrorism.
Nigeria grapples with the decades-old battle against Islamist groups that have left thousands dead and millions displaced in the country’s northern region. Boko Haram fighters and affiliated groups continue to launch brutal attacks in parts of the region in their quest for control.
“When he took office, the Northeast was the main security problem we inherited in 2015, but we managed to get people to understand that you can’t kill people and shout ‘Allahu Akbar,'” Bukhari said in a statement on Wednesday. translates to “Allahu Akbar”.
“You don’t know what you’re saying or you’re just stupid. God is the God of justice, so you cannot kill people and say that God is great. Fortunately, people understood our message and had a big impact,” he added.
António Guterres traveled to the state of Borno on Tuesday.
During a visit to a UN-sponsored reintegration center for ex-combatants, the UN Secretary-General said he was happy to extradite terrorists for their reintegration into society.
“I was amazed to see today in the center that those who were terrorists want to integrate and contribute to society. The policy in effect here is the policy of reconciliation and reintegration,” he told the center.
Guterres also spoke about his relationship with displaced persons in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
“Yesterday (Tuesday) I visited Maiduguri, where the United Nations is supporting the displaced. I was deeply moved by their stories and their struggle. These include hunger, as the World Food Program forecasts 4.1 million people in the northeast of the country. Nigeria is food insecure in a ‘lean next’ season.
“But despite all they’ve seen and been through, the people I’ve met remain hopeful and determined to return to their communities and resume their lives. †
Guterres said the United Nations had provided more money for humanitarian aid in Nigeria.
Before leaving for Nigeria, António Guterres visited Senegal and Niger.
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