After Initial Denial, Buhari Finally Registers Nigeria In Islamic Coalition

President Buhari has confirmed the membership of Nigeria in the Islamic Coalition against terrorism formed last year by majorly Islamic countries at the instance of Saudi Arabia to fight international terrorism.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, had before now denied any report of Nigeria joining the coalition adding that President Buhari is yet to decide whether to join or not.

Speaking to Reuters on Thursday, Garba said: “Nigeria has been formally invited to be a member of the alliance and President Buhari is looking into it.

“A decision to join has not been taken yet. Nigeria is not in or out.”

 

But in attendance with Aljazeera, the President confirms Nigeria’s membership, his admittance is coming barely two weeks after the president had stated that Nigeria was not a member.

It will be recalled that while speaking with Saudi Arabia King, Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz during his trip to the country penultimate week, president Buhari said Nigeria would support the coalition even though it wasn’t a member.

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