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French President, Francois Hollande, who arrived Aso Rock Villa, Abuja on Saturday is currently holding talks with President Mohammadu Buhari over the incessant menace of Boko haram in Nigeria.
According to Guardian, President Buhari is currently ting talks on Boko Haram with Hollande, leaders from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and high-ranking diplomats from the United States over the terrorist activities of the Islamic sect to African security.
Nigeria is seeking closer military cooperation to bring to an end nearly seven years of violence in the remote northeast, which has left at least 20,000 dead and displaced more than 2.6 million people.
The UN Security Council on Friday said the talks should help develop “a comprehensive strategy to address the governance, security, development, socio-economic and humanitarian dimensions of the crisis”.
But it also expressed “deep concern” at Boko Haram’s threat to security in West and Central Africa and “alarm at… linkages with the Islamic State” group in Syria and Iraq.
Boko Haram’s shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau pledged allegiance to his IS counterpart Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last year, although there has since been little evidence so far of direct support on the ground.
France and Nigeria recently signed an agreement on closer military cooperation, including intelligence sharing, and France is keen to help implement a regional solution to the insurgency.
Paris has traditionally concentrated on its former colonies surrounding Nigeria and sees itself as well-placed to help closer ties and longer-term economic development in the troubled region.