Turkey Pledges Support For Nigeria In The Fight Against Terrorism

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged his country’s support for Nigeria in the fight against terrorism especially Boko Haram fighters who have killed thousands of people in a bloody campaign for a hardline Islamic state. He also signed a memorandum on trade and economic cooperation, which Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said was “just the beginning of what we have in the pipeline.” Security was a recurring theme in the Turkish leader’s stops in Ivory Coast and Ghana prior to Nigeria during a visit designed to strengthen economic ties with members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Traditionally focused on North Africa, Turkey has in the past decade paid increasing attention to the fast-growing economies of sub-Saharan Africa. Read more on Turkish President’s visit to West Africa.