- The international community has been called upon to intervene in the alleged plan by the Borno state government to seek the services of the Chadian troops in the fight against terrorists
- The call was made by the Association of Nigerian Professional in Europe (ANPE)
- The association said there is an urgent need for non-compromising regional efforts in confronting the menace of Boko Haram/ISWAP in the Lake Chad Basin
Some Nigerians in the diaspora have cautioned against plans by the Borno state government to engage services of troops from the Republic of Chad.
The Association of Nigerian Professional in Europe (ANPE) said any mediated non-diplomatic alliance with the soldiers of Chad Republic is capable of thwarting the efforts of the Nigerian Military in the fight against corruption in the northeast.
Speaking at the end of its plenary on Tuesday, February 25, ANPE condemned the plan by the Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum to make a pact with Chadian soldiers.
The ANPE in a communique signed by its president, Agwu Onyeke, and representatives from 13 other countries said an efficient regional collaboration to defeat Boko Haram terrorists, is not a role to be played by Zulum or any state governor.
Noting that it is in the place of the president to assume such responsibility, the ANPE called on the international community to strongly condemn Zulum's actions to jeopardise his country's sovereignty.
The group also called for a thorough probe of the Borno state government by the Nigerian authorities.
According to ANPE, there is an urgent need for non-compromising regional efforts in confronting the menace of Boko Haram/ISWAP in the Lake Chad Basin.
The group said existing efforts will have to be reset such that fresh commitments are secured from Chad, Niger and Cameroon to not act against the interest of Nigeria even when rebel politicians approach them to sabotage Nigeria’s interest.
"The scramble for crude oil and other mineral resources in the Lake Chad Basin remains a driving force for the Boko Haram and ISWAP insurgency, which should be a source of concerns to Nigeria’s neighbours since any instability that persists in Nigeria will ultimately wipe out these neighbouring countries," the communique said.
The communique also warned that proliferation of arms across Nigeria's rising from borders because the neighbouring countries are not doing enough to stem illegal arms flow, weapons.
The group said the arms are provided by ISIS in the Middle East simply cross the Mediterranean and the Libyan desert to subsequently cross these countries for terrorists to use against Nigeria.
"Military hardware and state of the art surveillance drones are also in possession of the terrorists because certain countries allow their territories to be used for airdrops," it noted.
To record more successes in the fight against insurgency, ANPE urged the Federal Government to build international support to evolve a framework that will designate any country operating against its interest in the Lake Chad region.
The group called for sanctions for any of the countries operating against the interest of Nigeria or the fight against insurgency in the region.
"Countries that provide arms to terrorists as part of their own geostrategic interest should be prevailed upon to be considerate of Nigeria’s long term stability," it added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force through its Operation Rattle Snake II neutralised some top leaders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The terrorist leaders were neutralised at the Jubillaram and Alinwa in Borno state as they assembled for meetings.
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