BY: BISI DOSUNMU
Following the extraordinary summit held in Niamey, Niger Republic yesterday with countries bordering Nigeria on Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), there had been a resolution to establish a multi-national border Joint Task Force to combat the dreaded Boko Haram group.
While giving a brief of the meeting of yesterday, the spokesperson to President Jonathan, Reuben Abati stated that
“The extraordinary summit of LCBC in Niamey today focused on assessment of security situation & common strategy for fighting terrorism.
“The LCBC Heads of State & Representative of Benin meeting in Niamey today resolved to fight in synergy against Boko Haram wherever in the region.
“They resolved to reinforce operational and intelligence capabilities and coordination of the Military Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad Basin.
“The Heads of State meeting in Niamey directed the experts to develop as soon as possible a common strategy to fight Boko Haram.
“They decided to finalise the establishment of the Headquarters of the Multi-national Joint Task Force (MJTF) in a secured place by Nov. 20.
“LCBC Heads of State & Benin decided to deploy pledged contingents as part of MJTF within national borders by Nov 1.
“LCBC Heads of State & Benin Republic reaffirmed their firm commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1556(2004).
“LCBC Heads of State & Benin directed Ministers of Foreign Affairs & Defence to meet immediately to draft a common resolution to United Nations Security Council and African Union.
With these collaborations, it can be said that the days of Boko Haram are numbered.