Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan give a joint press conference at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on March 2, 2016. / AFP / PHILIP OJISUA AND PHILIP OJISUA
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday he was ready to help combat terrorism in Nigeria, where Boko Haram fighters have killed thousands of people in a bloody campaign for a hard-line Islamic state.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).Boko Haram still remains a threat in the country's northeast, where the group has reverted to attacking "soft" civilian targets such as markets, bus stations, and mosques using suicide bombers.The insurgency has left at least 17,000 people dead since it began in 2009 but over the last year Nigerian forces have recaptured territory lost to the rebels.
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