Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on
Thursday in N'djamena, Chad, urged member-countries of the Lake Chad Commission
to redouble their efforts to intensify the operations of the Multi-National
Joint Task Force (MNJTF) established to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.
Speaking at bilateral talks between Nigeria and Chad, Buhari
noted that the security of Nigeria and her neighbours' were intrinsically
He added that it made it very essential that they cooperated
on security issues in a robust and sustained manner.
The President said that he was quite certain that when fully
deployed and functional, the MNJTF, which comprises Nigeria, Chad, Niger and
Cameroon, would be able to secure and stabilise all the areas affected by the
Boko Haram insurgency.
Buhari also reaffirmed his conviction that with greater
cooperation amongst Nigeria and neighbouring countries, the Boko Haram
insurgency would be brought to an end very soon.
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His remarks came on the heels of Wednesday’s appointment of
Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai of Nigeria as the Force Commander of the reorganised
MNJTF, which also has Benin Republic as honorary member.
The President thanked Chad for its invaluable support in the
fight against insurgency and terrorism.
"Your troops have stood shoulder –to-shoulder and fought
gallantly with ours in the fight against the forces of evil.
"This is a remarkable show of good neighbourliness, which
we must reinforce in the years ahead,’’ he told President Idriss Deby.
President Buhari, who is on his first visit to Chad, after
assuming office as President of Nigeria, expressed concern that insurgency had
taken a huge toll on citizens of both countries, many of whom were forced to
flee their homes.
The President said that the harrowing images of displaced citizens
of both countries, in search of safety and succour, must spur their governments
and others in the sub-region to do more "to restore their dignity and give
them the relief they need".
On the bilateral relations between Nigeria and Chad, Buhari
noted that both countries were bound by "nature’’.
He added that they must therefore work together to find
lasting solutions to issues of border management, migration and movement of
goods and services.
Buhari thanked President Deby for attending his inauguration
on May 29 in Abuja, noting that he would return to Nigeria with the assurance
that Nigeria and Chad were poised to intensify their cooperation.
In his remarks, President Deby commended Buhari for his
"wise decision’’ to relocate the Nigerian Military Command Centre from
Abuja to Maiduguri.
The Chadian President said that the decision, which was
announced in President Buhari's inaugural address, was a right step toward
restoring peace and security to states affected by terrorism and the
He assured Buhari that Chad would continue to work with
Nigeria to achieve lasting peace and security in the sub-region, given their
historic, cultural and economic ties.