Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday called for stronger ties across the West African sub-region to tackle the rising threats of insurgents and bandits.
The Nigerian leader who called for intensified and sustained security operation, also warned that only a collective fight will halt the threats to lives and property.
He spoke in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital when he received the Letter of Credence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Mali to Nigeria, Moustapha Traore.
President Buhari said the sub-region would continue struggling with the basics of development so long as people live in fear and uncertainty.
“The problems of terrorism and banditry have persisted in our countries, and we are doing our best to secure lives and property, but we tend to underestimate cross-border influences,” he added.
On his part, the ambassador said he would work hard to strengthen bilateral relations in areas of intelligence sharing between the security agents of both countries, and issues related to trade and economic development.