Paris Attacks: Step Up Multilateral Action Against Daesh, Buhari Tells World Leaders

General Buhari

by Sani Tukur,

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on world leaders to come together to confront terrorism.

Mr. Buhari’s call was contained in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Saturday, in reaction to Friday’s attacks by terrorists in six locations in Paris, France.

French authorities have confirmed that 128 persons were killed and about 200 others injured after terrorists launched bomb and gun attacks in seven locations.

Mr. Buhari said Friday’s attack underscored the need for “all peace-loving nations of the world to intensify ongoing multilateral cooperation and collaborative actions aimed at bringing the scourge of international terrorism to a speedy end for the benefit of all nations”.

While condemning the dastardly act, the Nigerian president described the attacks as an unacceptable affront to all human values and civilized norms.

“As a country which has borne the terrible human cost of terrorist attacks, Nigeria stands in full solidarity with the government and people of France as they mourn those who have sadly lost their lives in the attack on Paris,” Mr. Buhari said.

President Buhari had in September undertook a three-day official visit to France during which he met with French President Francis Hollande.

The outcome of the meeting saw a commitment by France to provide intelligent and military support in the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria and West Africa through the Multi National Joint Task Force.

Mr. Buhari also visited the leaders of all Nigerian neighboring countries as well as G7 leaders. His message has always been the need for nations to come together and fight terrorism.

Meanwhile, terror group, Islamic State, on Saturday claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.

The group said the attacks were a response to what it is going on in Syria.

About eight suspected ISIS militants, wearing suicide vests, on Friday night carried out attacks in various locations in Paris.

Two explosions occurred near the Stade de France Stadium where the French national team were playing a match against their German counterparts.

Mr. Hollande was among spectators at the Stadium.

Explosions were also set off in some restaurants such as a McDonald eatery near the stadium and two other restaurants, Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon, both in Rue Bichat area of Paris.

Similar attacks were carried out in two bars in Rue de Charonne area.

The biggest scene of attack was at Bataclan where a rock concert was taking place. French police said three terrorists opened fire and killed 82 people there.