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Mark: Nigeria will Fight Boko Haram with Every Resource at Its Disposal

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Senate President, Senator David Mark, Monday said in Beijing, China, that Nigeria would spare no resources at its disposal in the fight against insurgency in the country.

According to the The News Agency of Nigeria  (NAN), Mark stated this at an interactive forum with members of the Nigerian community in Beijing.

“Boko Haram has become a real nuisance, and the menace is unacceptable. They have declared war on Nigeria and we will fight them with all the resources at our disposal.

“We will not allow it to go on for too long; government is very serious about it.

“It is an avoidable distraction and it is something we do not need at this point in our history when we are trying everything possible to bring development to Nigeria to attract foreign investors.

“So, the message should go out loud and clear to anyone who is either a sponsor or a member of Boko Haram that we will fight them with all resources at our disposal,”  Mark said.

The Nigerian Charge d’affaires in Beijing, Suleiman Tanko, who welcomed the Senate President on behalf of the Nigerian community, said Nigeria has a large community in China.

“We have 12,000 Nigerians in China; out of this number, 10,000 live in Guangzhou, and are largely in trading because it is a little bit difficult to penetrate the real business system here,’’ Tanko said.

He, however, lamented that it was not easy for Nigerians to establish businesses in China, adding that this was an issue of serious concern for them.

“If any Nigerian tells you that he has a business here, then it means that he is married to a Chinese lady; otherwise it is only merely petty trading that Nigerians are engaged in here,’’ Tanko said.

He appealed to the Senate President to intervene on behalf of Nigerians willing to establish businesses in China so they could have easier access to facilities.

He expressed regrets that a large majority of Nigerians were staying in the country illegally due to strict visa regime of the country which, he noted, resulted in many of them being in jail.

“We have about 463 Nigerians in various jails. Ninety per cent of the crimes they committed are drug-related, and 90 per cent of them are from only one state in Nigeria,” Tanko said.

He said that the Nigerian mission in China was engaging the government of that state to find out how the embassy could intervene.

Tanko also urged Nigerian law enforcement authorities to be more proactive and responsive to ensuring proper screening of intending travellers.

“It is really embarrassing that most of those arrested came straight from Nigeria; and this is posing a huge embarrassment to Nigerians in China,’’ he said.

Also, as part of Nigeria's renewed moves to curb the activities of Boko Haram terrorist group, Mark, yesterday urged the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC), Mr. Zhang Dejiang, to initiate laws that will ensure the documentation of all buying and sales of military hardware and uniforms from China.

Mark, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, made this appeal during an interactive meeting with Dejinang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China and also pleaded that "because of our country (Nigeria's) current challenges, every interface between our countries' parliaments should centre on military training and strategy, technology transfer, poverty reduction and job creation.

"We also ask that to further assist our fight against terrorism, buyers and sellers of military uniforms and hardware from your country should be properly documented. This will enable us trace the sources of military uniforms and hardware available to these terrorists.

"We want to reassure you that we are doing everything possible to rescue the over 230 girls abducted by the terrorists. We also appreciate the assistance that has been promised and made available by the international community including China," the senate president further said.

"We believe that the terrorists and insurgents in our country have connections with other terrorists and possibly with some international terrorists groups. We also believe that China with her experience in strategies and tactics can help in intelligence gathering to enable us halt the murderous acts of the Boko Haram," he further said.

According to the statement, Dejiang described terrorism "as a common enemy," of which he said "China is a victim," adding: "We will stand firmly with Nigeria."

He was also quoted as saying "China has been following the abduction of the girls and we will help to the best of our abilities and we hope the girls will return home as soon as possible. We condemn the abduction of these girls in the strongest terms. China will also give active support in ensuring that the girls are brought back home."

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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