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Boko Haram: Nigeria commends neigbouring countries

26 June 2014, 19:06

Malabo - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali has expressed delight at improved cooperation between Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against Boko Haram.

Wali welcomed the cooperation of Cameroon, Chad, Benin and Niger in the fight against insurgency.

He said Nigeria was impressed by the implementation of an action plan to counter Boko Haram terrorists agreed by the four countries last month at the Paris summit on Security in Nigeria.

"The most important that happened between Paris and the follow-up meeting in London to date is the commitment of the neighbouring countries with Nigeria to cooperate and fight terrorism and insurgency.

"From the outcome of our meeting in London, the Cameroonians, the Nigeriens, the Chadians and the Beninese have really come all out prepared to link up with us to fight terrorism as if it is happening on their own soil.

He said Nigeria and its neighbours have agreed to establish an intelligence sharing unit to be based in Nigeria.

The Nigeria minister welcomed an offer by the AU to send a team of experts to Nigeria and some ECOWAS countries to discuss a proposed regional security force.

Wali said he had discussed the matter with AU Commissioner on Peace and Security on the sidelines of the ongoing summit, and that similar proposal was being considered for other regions in Africa.

He defended the AU, which has often been criticised for being docile in responding to conflicts and insecurity in member states, saying "the AU had really been sized on the situation in Nigeria.''

The minister, who condemned the heinous activities of the Boko Haram, including the latest killings in Abuja, claimed that the activities of the group had been weakened by the operations of the Nigeria security agencies.


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