- The UN and EU special representatives said their organisations are ready to work with the Nigerian Army in its fight against Boko Haram
- The UN rep said the fight against Boko Haram can no longer be treated as a local problem because of the group’s recent affiliation with international terror groups
- His EU counterpart said his organisation is committed to the Multinational Joint Task Force in the efforts to end Boko Haram and other terror groups in the Lake Chad Basin
The United Nations and the European Union special representatives to West Africa and the Lake Chad Basin Commission have charged the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on the need to stop the spread of the Boko Haram insurgents.
The UN special representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the EU special representative for the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin Commission, Angel Lusada, made this known when they met with Buratai on Wednesday, November 20.
They expressed their organisations’ readiness to partner with the Nigerian Army in the efforts to win the war against terrorism, Vanguard reports.
Chambas, the UN representative, commended the establishment of the Lake Chad Governors’ Forum which he said will address the insurgency problem from the roots.
He said the fight against Boko Haram can no longer be treated as a local problem because of the group’s recent affiliation with international terror groups.
“We are all concerned and we believe that Boko Haram is a fight that we can win. That is why we are especially applauding the efforts of the army in dealing with the menace,” Chambas said.
In his own remarks, the EU Representative, Lusada, said the union was committed to the Multinational Joint Task Force in the efforts to end Boko Haram and other terror groups in the Lake Chad Basin.
“There are many initiatives taking place and new ones coming up and this involves funding, but we want coordination. The crisis has become regional and can only be solved with regional partnerships. That is why we are meeting with stakeholders,” he said.
Buratai commended both organisations for standing by Nigeria in the efforts to dislodge terrorism from the sub-region.
Meanwhile, in a final offensive to clear out fleeing Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state, the Nigerian Army troops took it upon themselves to mend a bad portion of a road for effective operation.
The gallant troops had a brief stop between Kekeno and Cross-Kukawa, patching dilapidated roads to ensure smooth transit to their destination.
In photos that have gone viral on social media, the officers were seen mixing cement, sand and water.
This isn't the first time, though, the Nigerian troops have displayed bravery, patriotism and selflessness in their line of duty.
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