On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari and his Chadian counterpart, President Idriss Deby, in N’Djamena, Chad, re-committed their countries to greater cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.
This decision was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of Buhari’s one-day official visit to Chad.
In the document, both leaders agreed on the need to quickly make the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) fully operational, to effectively combat terrorism in Nigeria’s North-East, and “everywhere” that Boko Haram operates.
Buhari and Deby called on the international community to provide the Lake Chad Basin Commission and neigbouring countries with all necessary support to combat terrorism and insurgency.
“Both heads of state agreed that the war on Boko Haram should be supported by emergency development initiatives in areas affected by this insurgency group.
“This will help to overcome the harmful effects faced by local populations,” the communiqué said.
Buhari commended the gallantry of Chadian soldiers engaged in operations against Boko Haram and condoled with the families of their comrades killed in active service.
While in the Chadian capital, Buhari also held a closed-door meeting with Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai of Nigeria, who was recently appointed the Force Commander of the MNJTF, with headquarters in N’Djamena....