British High Commissioner Restates Commitment to fight against Terrorism


(NAN) The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Andrew Pocock, on Wednesday reiterated the British government’s commitment to assist Nigeria fight terrorism.

Pocock gave the assurance in Benin at the presentation of an award of the ‘’ African September 11 Memorial Peace Tree Planting Gold’’ to Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Memorial Peace Tree Planting Gold is in remembrance of people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in the United States of America.

He said the fight against terrorism was a fight for all and a tribute to the future.

Pocock said the British government would continue to support Nigeria to win the war against terrorism.

He also commended Gov. Oshiomhole for his support to the one million tree peace project and the environment.

In his response, Oshiomhole said that the prevailing insurgencies in some parts of the world had shown that terrorism had no national boundaries.

He said that as a country, Nigeria had its own fair share of it, and that it was time nations states collaborate to fight it.

Oshiomhole called for international collaboration in the fight against terrorism because it was a threat to the world.

On the one million tree for peace project, the governor stressed the need for more attention to the environment by all.

He applauded the British government for its contributions to environmental issues in the country and assured that the state would continue to adopt more environment-friendly measures.

Mrs Bernadette Strebel, President of the African Initiative for World Peace, a Non Governmental Organisation, said it would immortalise Clara Oshiomhole, the late wife of Gov. Oshiomhole.

She said: ”A special trust fund known as the ‘’Clara Oshiomhole Memorial Forest of Peace Trust Fund will be created in memory of the late Clara Oshiomhole.” .

Oshiomhole1Strebel said that the fund would be used to create a forest in her name, adding that the organisation was dedicated to bringing reconciliation and peace between people and nations.

She announced plans by the organisation to plant at least one million trees for peace within the next five years.

Strebel said that each forest would be dedicated to a particular donor or an organisation. (NAN)

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