President Muhammadu Buhari at European Parliament
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the plenary assembly at the European Parliament in Strasbourg AFP / Patrick Hertzog/ Getty

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has delivered a speech at the European Parliament in Strasburg during an official visit to France and the UK. Among other things, Buhari called for the international community to provide more support to people in the Lake Chad region, affected by a six-year-long insurgency by Boko Haram terror group.

The leader also said Nigeria is facing challenges due to oil theft in the oil-rich Niger Delta and stolen funds reinvested outside the African nation. His country seeks the cooperation of the European Parliament to eradicate corruption and end terrorism and criminal activities.

Buhari also held a bilateral meeting with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. The leader will fly to London on 4 February to attend the Supporting Syria and The Region Conference.

"The president will use the opportunity of his participation in the conference which is being co-hosted by Britain, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations to continue his push for more global understanding, collaboration and support for Nigeria and other countries in the front lines of the war against terrorism who are striving to overcome its very adverse effects on affected populations," Buhari's spokesperson Femi Adesina said in a statement.

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