President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that a multinational taskforce would soon be established to patrol the waters of the Gulf of Guinea.
He also stated that the troops from across the lake Chad basin were now combing the Sambisa Forest, a deadly den of the Boko haram insurgents.
The president made revelation while receiving the French Minister of Defence, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian who visited him at the presidential villa, Abuja on Thursday.
He explained that patrols by the multinational taskforce would complement and boost the efforts to improve security in the Gulf, and curb crude oil theft and piracy.
A statement by the presidential media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina stated that President Buhari and Mr. Le Drian also discussed ongoing French support for the Federal Governmentâ€™s efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
The statement added that the President expressed his governmentâ€™s appreciation of the assistance and support of France and other G7 countries, which he said, has helped Nigeria achieve significant successes against Boko Haram.
â€œWhen we got into office in May, last year, Boko Haram was effectively controlling at least 14 local government areas. But now, it is no longer so, and they have resorted to attacking soft targets with Improvised Explosive Devices.
â€œWe are determined to secure all of our territory effectively. We are doing our best and our troops are now operating in the Sambisa Forest,â€ President Buhari said
The Minister assured President Buhari that France would continue to assist Nigeria to overcome Boko Haram, saying that all terrorists must be seen as common enemies of the free world.