President Muhammad Buhari has expressed happiness that neighbouring countries were supporting Nigeria in tackling the menace of the Libyan fighters who have teamed up with Boko Haram.
He made this known at a bilateral meeting with the President of Cote d’Ivoire, Dr Alhassan Quattara, on the margins of the 56th Ordinary session of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) on Saturday.
According to him, the Libyan fighters, who were trained for the 43 years Muammar Gaddafi ruled the country, were armed with deadly weapons and had been roaming the Sahel and sub-Sahara sub-region, with no other skills for survival ‘‘but to shoot and kill.’’ He added that there was a need to do more by the West African countries, both under the ECOWAS platform and at bilateral levels.
In his remarks, President Quattara said he came to brief the Nigerian leader on progress of the ECOWAS mandate given to him to negotiate exit of Francophone West African countries from their currency union with France and European Union.
The Ivorian President said he was pleased to report that he received the full support of the French government, under President Emmanuel Macron, and that the West African States were free to leave the union and join the ‘‘Eco’’, the new currency designated for the West Coast.
President Buhari expressed delight that France did not stand in the way of the “Eco’’.