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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Buhari Assures EU Of Commitment To Human Rights Protection

Buhari Assures EU Of Commitment To Human Rights Protection
Published by Family Writers

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday told the European Union that his administration was doing its utmost best to protect the fundamental human rights of persons in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations against Boko Haram insurgents.

The President gave the assurance on Wednesday while addressing a special session of the parliament in Strasbourg, France.

President Buhari said that his government shared the European Union’s commitment to peace and security, respect for human rights, democracy and good governance as well as equality and tolerance as ways of developing prosperous and strong societies.

On our part, we have updated our Rules Of Engagement in fighting terrorism and pay very close attention during operations to the treatment of captured terrorists, civilians caught up in the conflict and in general, safeguarding property.

“Our aim is to use minimum force necessary in our fight against terrorists,” the President told members of the parliament and the European Union commission.

Economic Partnership Agreement

President Buhari also spoke of Nigeria’s concerns about the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union (EU), African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states (ACP), collectively endorsed by the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS).

He said that Nigeria was yet to sign the agreement because pertinent technical issues raised by the Federal Government have not been satisfactorily addressed.

“Giving due consideration to the mismatch of the two regions (Europe-ECOWAS) in terms of technology and manufacturing experience, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Associated Trade Unions raised concerns over the negative impact of the agreement on Nigeria’s industrialisation programme.

“Nigeria is working towards addressing her own side of the issues and I therefore, urge our European Union partners to also address our own concerns to allow for an economic partnership agreement that is mutually beneficial and can contribute to the prosperity of our people, in the context of our shared values and interest at promoting cordial bilateral trade relations,” he said.

Oil-theft And Illegal Bunkering

The President also sought greater support from the European Union for Nigeria’s efforts to curb the theft of its crude oil and corruption in its oil and gas sector.

“Nigeria is facing the challenges of oil-theft and illegal bunkering in the Niger delta as well as recovery of illicit funds. In this regard, Nigeria solicits the cooperation of the European Parliament to support the efforts aimed at stemming these vices.

“Our attempt to restore security, curb corruption and fight crime will result not only in improving social stability in Nigeria but will re-open the doors for full economic relations with Europe and the rest of the world.

“Those who wish to invest in our country have immense opportunities and we intend to guarantee the security of people and investments brought to Nigeria,” he said.

Illegal Migration To Europe

President Buhari also assured the parliament that Nigeria would collaborate with the European Union to address illegal migration to Europe.

“Our government is making concerted efforts to address the push-factor that propel migration, especially from Nigeria, as both destination and transit country.

“In this year’s budget, the government has provided for over 500,000 graduate employment in the teaching profession alone. We are equally collaborating with the states and local governments to strengthen skills acquisition centres in order to train the teeming youth in various vocational skills, so that they can be self-employed and eventually become employers of labour,” he stated.

The Nigerian leader further said that his government was also making efforts to diversify the economy, giving impetus to agriculture and solid minerals exploitation, to create wealth and employments.

“Nigeria welcomes the outcome of the Valletta EU-Africa summit on migration, including the launching of 1.8 billion Euros Emergency Trust Fund to address the root causes of migration from Africa to Europe.

“Nigeria will work with the countries of the Sahel and Central Africa to submit to the board of the Emergency Trust Fund, our identified projects for funding in due course.

“The Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (CAMM), which Nigeria was the first African country to sign on March 12, 2015, is a demonstration of the positive spirit of our cooperation with the European Union in the field of migration and development,” President Buhari further told the gathering.


He also proposed a reciprocal visa waivers for holders of Nigerian diplomatic and official passports attending official meetings and conferences in Europe.

Source channelstv

11 comments

  1. It is becoming more clearer to the world that the EU has no concern over the protection of human life or are joking with african lives.how can a man who have ordered the killings and kidnapp of unarmed peaceful protesters go away without being questioned on all this crimes against humanity he buhari has been committing all this while? Well nothing can change our resolve it is either biafra or we all die simple!

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  2. I quite agree with you my brother. They just allowed him to go like that without being questioned. Is either we get Biafra or we all die simple.

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  3. Europeans are evil corrupt if Nigeria has no oil BUHARI would have been questioned over the killing of unarmed and the fellow Muslim and 105 soldiers and the boko haram threat misfortune world with money mongers leaders shame to Europe

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  4. Is very clear that their only interest is our economics benefit which is been generated from our oil.

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  5. is not so bro,the sitting president has immunity

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  6. Only Biafrans can restore their nation. Looking to EU or anyone else to do it for us will not cut it. There's economic down turn all over the world and all these countries are only interested in how to sustain their economies with resources that mumus from 3rd world like Buhari, can sheepishly allow them to siphon. Who has ever seen any partnership between the western world benefiting any African country? In all the years of so called aids and partnership with 3rd world countries, who has seen any visible impact any where in Africa? There is none because the people who talk about these aids and partnership are only interested in how to get into Africa and further impoverish her through murderous dullards like Buhari. These people feel more comfortable dealing with blood thirsty morons like the dullard. They know the potentials of the Biafrans to turn around their fortunes and by extension that of Africa, and it threatens them. But Biafrans must continue to strive on and never relent. We shall get there. Meanwhile, it's important we keep reminding EU and the rest of the world of their human rights ideology and how murderous dictators like Buhari are not bothered about it. May be, there might just be one or a few people with human conscience among them, who will get pricked by our message.

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  7. I wnt to let the EU knw that my brothers has gone down cos of their love for the ones glorious country knowwn as Biafra . We wil continue dien while the world keeps quite ..thats not fair

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  8. Did you expect EU to grant you peace? No way man. These ppl are saddists,evil and haters of our race. Their interests are our resources. They don't care about you nor about Buhari. Buhari should watch his back. Saddam Hussein was made strong by these people and later destroyed. They are ready and willing to sell weapons to all warring factions while making their evil gain. Whatever is happening now is their machination. No one can love you more than you.

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  9. FREEDOM FOR NNAMDI KANU! FREEDOM FOR BIAFRANS! INDEPENDENCE OF BIAFRA IS NON-NEGOTIABLE! ALL HAIL BIAFRA!

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  10. The E.U don't care what happens to the Biafrans provided they are getting our oil free from the Hausa-Fulanis who control our oil. That is why all the former Eastern region must unit and fight for the restoration of Biafr a at all cost.

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