French President, François Hollande, has pledged that his administration will assist the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) with intelligence gathering and equipment to check the activities of insurgents in Nigeria and beyond. Hollande said this at the Elsee Palace in Paris after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. The French President said that his government was concerned about the increasing spate of insecurity in Nigeria and the entire West Africa sub-region. According to him, his administration is ready to render support and assistance to Nigeria to enable the country to tackle insurgency and all forms of extremism in the country. He also said himself and President Buhari have discussed new partnership strategies to help in defeating the insurgents.
President Hollande explained that as an intervention approach to assist in the fight against terrorism, France last year, hosted a Regional Summit on Security in Paris, which brought together the neighboring countries to chart the way forward.
He thanked President Buhari for his recent actions such as the movement of the military command centre to Maiduguri, which he said, had helped tremendously in weakening the insurgents.(NAN)