President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured states facing terror attacks of the Federal Government’s support.

He was reacting to recent killings in Kaduna, Plateau and Sokoto states.

The President condoled those who have lost loved ones to the attacks.

No fewer than 20 persons were killed in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State, while over 80 were slain in Kanam, Plateau State at the weekend.

About 20 were killed in Duma Village, Tureta Local Government Area of Sokoto State last Wednesday.

The President, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, reiterated that he already had provided everything the security forces needed to win the terror war.

He assured those affected of support from the Federal Government to the states.

“We have given security forces full freedom to deal with, and bring to end this madness. I condemn these barbaric attacks on the country.

“I wish to assure the states of all possible support from the government of the federation.

“My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly,” the President said.

Also yesterday, the President said the war against terrorism required international collaboration.

He spoke while receiving letters of credence from the new Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, James Kingston Christoff, and Ambassador of Mexico to Nigeria, Juan Alfred Miranda Oritz.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said successes in taming insecurity had been recorded through collaboration, adding that more could be achieved.

The statement quotes President Buhari as saying: “I believe that matters of security have become the business of all nations as these challenges go beyond the abilities of any single country to effectively contain.

“The world must, therefore, work closely together and Nigeria counts on your support in cementing the relations between our countries, at both bilateral and multilateral levels, to surmount these global threats to civilisation.”

The President noted that global insecurity, climate change and the post-COVID-19 era have harmed global economies.

He added: “The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has undermined the progress countries have achieved in tackling food security in the last decade.

“The political instability in Libya continues to fuel terrorism in the Sahel and scuttle democratic sustenance in both West and Central African regions.

“Nigeria is not left out of the equation, as we are fighting to rid our country of banditry, kidnapping, herder/farmer crisis and insurgency.

“We are, however, making meaningful progress with the support of friendly countries like yours to sustain these fights until we overcome these challenges.”

The President urged diplomats to monitor political developments in the country ahead of the 2023 elections, but to remain true to their ethics of non-interference.

“As the drums of campaign begin to rise, I urge you to be guided by diplomatic practice to ensure that your activities remain within the limits of your profession as you monitor the build-up to the elections and the conduct of the general elections,” he said.

Canadian High Commissioner thanked the President for receiving them.

“Today marks the formal beginning of our engagement with the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We will work closely with ministers and officials to start a progressive relationship,” Christoff said.