The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday has urged world leaders to work towards narrowing gaps in social and economic opportunities for citizens as panacea to rising conflicts across the globe.
In a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari stated this at the World Economic Forum on Middle East and North Africa holding in Dead Sea, Jordan.
The President, who honoured an invitation by King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, attributed the Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria to lack of socio-economic inclusion.
“It is at this point that we must ask ourselves how we, as a region, got to this point. The answer, at least in the case of Nigeria, is the lack of social and economic inclusion.
“As Nigeria celebrated being the largest economy in Africa and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Nigerians were migrating in droves through harsh desert conditions and across treacherous seas to seek what they believe would be a better life in Europe.
“I strongly believe that lack of social and economic inclusion was the root cause of many challenges we are experiencing”, Buhari concluded.
While congratulating President Buhari for his re-election for a second term, the founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Prof. Klaus Schwab, said discussions at the forum would focus on new ideas, entrepreneurship, innovation, environment, peace and reconciliation.