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Finland Seeks Partnership with Nigeria to Combat Terrorism

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The Government of Finland has demonstrated its readiness to collaborate with Nigeria to tackle terrorism in the country.

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Ambassador of Finland, Ms. Rita Korpivaara made the revelation when she paid a courtesy call to the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan in Abuja. She said that the bilateral relationship between Finland and Nigeria was very germane adding that her country is ready to assist Nigeria in fighting terrorism.

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“The mission of this courtesy visit is about the security challenges in Nigeria and we believe that the security will feel safe if they are well equipped. This is an opportunity for us to let you know about our finished product for the capacity building for the security staff so that they can understand the dynamics of combating terrorism.”

In his remarks, Minister for Police Affairs said the security challenges facing the country would soon be a thing of the past. He said he was very happy that the delegation was in his office adding that it demonstrates Finland’s capacity to help Nigeria fight her security challenges.

“It is an opportunity that we have to rub minds together because terrorism is a cankerworm that is affecting all facets of life based on the technological advancement in the world. Terrorism is not something any country can fight singularly because it is not a conventional war.

“Terrorism is a new germination in the security inclination of the world and every country now strives to train all her security personnel to combat terrorism throughout the world. The United States cannot singularly combat terrorism on her own, it has to work in collaboration with other countries of the world.

“It is an opportunity for us to work together with Finland because of the fact that the terrorists do not know religious boundary, they do not know citizenry, they do not know brothers or sisters and that is why we must work together, we must put up concerted efforts to fight terrorism in all ramifications.

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Adesiyan further stated that the issue of Boko Haram did not start when Goodluck Jonathan became the President of Nigeria but that their activity only became pronounced in the last few years.

“We have really seen that the issue of Boko Haram is not a religious war, they are neither true Muslims nor true Christians, they are just terrorists because none of the two religions promotes violence.

“I think it is very important that all countries in the world should come together and address the issue of terrorism as a global problem.

“I know there is no way we can fight terrorism without being adequately equipped in the form of modern technology and even though we are trying our best, we still need to collaborate with the people and I am happy that my officers have listened to the delegates and they will still need to meet them probably to demonstrate some of the equipment to them.

“All the security agencies in the country are working together to ensure the issue of terrorism becomes a thing of the past and I am happy that political parties are now coming together to ensure the issue of terrorism is properly addressed because terrorists do not know political boundary. They only want to make the country ungovernable for whoever is in charge.

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