France's Juppe pledges support against Nigerian extremists

Date: 13-11-2011 7:12 am (12 years ago) | Author: Paddy Hayes
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(AFP)--French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe vowed Saturday to help Nigeria in its fight against extremism as the country faces an intensifying Islamist insurgency, mainly in the north where he also visited.
The radical Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed credit for a recent wave of gun and bomb attacks, including one last week in Nigeria's northeast that left some 150 people dead, one of the deadliest operations attributed to the group.
"We shall fight against this phenomenon. We are ready to share any information. We are ready to coordinate our intelligence services. We are ready also to give our help in training cooperation," Juppe told reporters after talks with his Nigerian counterpart Olugbenga Ashiru in the capital Abuja.



There has been speculation over whether Boko Haram -- which also said it carried out an August suicide attack at the UN headquarters that killed 24 -- has developed closer ties with Al-Qaeda's north Africa branch.
"France is directly concerned and involved in the question of terrorism. We received, often, threats against our interests in the region or in France. So we are in complete solidarity with the countries of the region around the Sahel," Juppe said.
Nigeria is France's biggest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa, Juppe said, with French oil giant Total among the major producers of crude in the country that is Africa's largest oil producer.



Juppe, who arrived in Nigeria on Friday, also held a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday.
Jonathan told Juppe his government was working hard to check extremism and also piracy in order to create a better environment for trade and investments in Nigeria, his office said.
He thanked French President Nicolas Sarkozy for his "robust support and friendship" that had enabled Nigeria and ECOWAS to successfully restore peace in Ivory Coast after a disputed presidential election.
"We could not have succeeded in restoring peace in Cote d'Ivoire without President Sarkozy's support," he said.
Ivory Coast was a former French colony.
Juppe also visited Kano, the biggest city in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria where he paid courtesy call on the governor and the Emir.
He expressed condolences with his hosts on last week's coordinated deadly attacks in some northern cities where at least 150 people were killed, warning that extremism was assuming a frightening global dimension.
In a public lecture in the city, he warned that extremism was "developing in the Sahel with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb, in Somalia and Kenya with Al-Shabab and here in northern Nigeria, with Boko Haram".
"The battle against terrorism is not a battle of one civilisation against another. It is not a battle between one state and another. It is the battle of freedom and democracy against fanaticism and that battle is one in which the entire international community must unite its efforts," he said.
Juppe was due to return to France later Saturday following a trip that also included a visit to South Africa.





Posted: at 13-11-2011 07:12 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- ify0 at 13-11-2011 06:26 PM (12 years ago)
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Please they should do something about this boko haram killing ínnocent souls in our country.is getting too much.
Posted: at 13-11-2011 06:26 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- mafiaa at 13-11-2011 06:59 PM (12 years ago)
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If its with clear conscience, I am strongly behind you but I just hope say no be our oil sha. phyuk Boko haram, they shall taste the heat of hell right from this earth. those bastard illiterates killed my cousin while leaving the mosque after prayer that faithful day. Your black ugly faces shall never know peace until you all die to wake up in hell.   
Posted: at 13-11-2011 06:59 PM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- debuchi at 13-11-2011 07:00 PM (12 years ago)
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Faster before it will be too late, Juppe
Posted: at 13-11-2011 07:00 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- sagiru at 13-11-2011 07:17 PM (12 years ago)
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Quote from: ify0 on 13-11-2011 06:26 PM
Please they should do something about this boko haram killing ínnocent souls in our country.is getting too much.
Yes!!! am also wit u 100%...But don't u think there maybe somthing fishy frm them(France)Huh?? I dey fear NATO,U.S.A nd FRANCE,,coz we also don't have to forget what happened in Libya,Egypt e.t.c...
Posted: at 13-11-2011 07:17 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Youngstoriez at 13-11-2011 07:18 PM (12 years ago)
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Very cooool Cool Cool Cool Cool
Posted: at 13-11-2011 07:18 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mallorca at 13-11-2011 07:19 PM (12 years ago)
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time will tell

Posted: at 13-11-2011 07:19 PM (12 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- ugoma79 at 13-11-2011 07:34 PM (12 years ago)
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ABEG MAKE UNA COME OOOO,OYIBO PEOPLE MAKE UNA COME HELP  GOODLUCK OOOO
Posted: at 13-11-2011 07:34 PM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- Malachi09 at 13-11-2011 07:40 PM (12 years ago)
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hmmmmmm
 
we no beg una..

Posted: at 13-11-2011 07:40 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- wodiejekwu at 13-11-2011 08:19 PM (12 years ago)
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The Nigerian army can handle boko haram, its just that our president is being cautious or maybe naive. Please dear france, if you are so concerned about us, give at least 10 nigerians scholarship every year to help fight illiteracy and poverty. We don't want your military personnels in our country please. Thank you.
Posted: at 13-11-2011 08:19 PM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- FinlandGuy at 13-11-2011 08:37 PM (12 years ago)
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Quote from: sagiru on 13-11-2011 07:17 PM
Yes!!! am also wit u 100%...But don't u think there maybe somthing fishy frm them(France)Huh?? I dey fear NATO,U.S.A nd FRANCE,,coz we also don't have to forget what happened in Libya,Egypt e.t.c...

Why u dey fear naaaaa,Seee  Muslim man dey fear,this is just the beginning very USA AND NATO GO JOIN THEM WIPE ALL YOU MURDER FUCCKERS OUT
Posted: at 13-11-2011 08:37 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- toibeli at 13-11-2011 08:42 PM (12 years ago)
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France is trying to protect their interest (business) in Nigeria.
Posted: at 13-11-2011 08:42 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- liftedjona at 13-11-2011 08:43 PM (12 years ago)
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How is life now with Libyan, Nigeria can take care of these stupid boko my yash  
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- chogzie at 13-11-2011 09:12 PM (12 years ago)
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this is what am talking bout
Posted: at 13-11-2011 09:12 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- FinlandGuy at 13-11-2011 09:25 PM (12 years ago)
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I wonder for this kind of we president. We are talking about how to stop BOKO HARAM in Nigeria and he is Busy talking about how peace was restored in Ivory Coat.Just Imagine
Posted: at 13-11-2011 09:25 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- lynnclassic at 13-11-2011 09:30 PM (12 years ago)
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what is Jonah doing about this situation coz things r getting out of hand is like d guy is weak or what?
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- FinlandGuy at 13-11-2011 09:39 PM (12 years ago)
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Quote from: lynnclassic on 13-11-2011 09:30 PM
what is Jonah doing about this situation coz things r getting out of hand is like d guy is weak or what?

NA U TALKAM
Posted: at 13-11-2011 09:39 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Evrarocks at 13-11-2011 10:10 PM (12 years ago)
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HELP HELP HELP !!!
Posted: at 13-11-2011 10:10 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Hacco at 13-11-2011 10:23 PM (12 years ago)
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Dam u sarkozys pple, yes we need help bt absolutely nt 4rm u cos many of us have known dat none of u white pple never go whre there is n profit in return,,, i saw prob.comin but God forbid it.... we need help and pls nt from sarkozy and his people cos de dnt have anythin to offer dan coming to cause problems and use d opportunity for all dem wanted,,,,,,,
 pls naija government wake up,, can u people see how many of nigerians they sends back everyweek and now dey want to help....help my foot:((((....
government should nt only care for their family and do what they promised then our promise land will be a better place...nigeria is blessed though many will nt know untill u travell out and see.....
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- sagiru at 13-11-2011 10:24 PM (12 years ago)
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Quote from: FinlandGuy on 13-11-2011 08:37 PM
Why u dey fear naaaaa,Seee  Muslim man dey fear,this is just the beginning very USA AND NATO GO JOIN THEM WIPE ALL YOU MURDER FUCCKERS OUT

Beginning of what?Huh? i guess u'r notn but Stupid!!! It's bcos of ppl lyk u i don't want 2 drop c'mmnt here,,coz dz is real animosity...My c'mmnt doesn't meant 2 hurt any1..Beside,d activities of Boko Haram isn't welcomed by any practising/gud muslim/christian,,but ppl lyk u don't have d brain 2 understand so..Okay!!!now assume France r here 2 deal wit Boko Haram,,hw will them be traced??do u think they'r only @ a particular place??hw cn u be sure that they'r not in ur state? u see!!!most of d innocent maybe victims nd that's my fear..but i wonder Y jst 4 once u cn't use ur common sense 2 comment in a gentle manner??? Haba!!!Plz try to improve urslf...
Posted: at 13-11-2011 10:24 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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