Abuja - The government is working to secure the support of Cameroon to halt the infiltration of terrorists from the border separating the two countries.
Supervising Minister of Defence, Labaran Maku, who said stamping out the terrorists remained the topmost priority of the Federal Government, confirmed the arrangement.
“The recent attacks on Bama, as we know, came from across the border with Cameroon. We are working hard to reach out to the Cameroonian government and other international agencies to ensure that we continue to put pressure on the insurgents from both sides of the boundary, so that at the end, by the grace of God, we would witness greater successes in 2014. What is clear is that in the year 2013, tremendous success was made and most of the insurgents that infiltrated other states from the North East were picked up. Some were picked up as far away as Lagos and Ogun, and a number of them are in detention, and trial is going on gradually,” Maku said.
He noted that the massive deployment of the uniformed forces and material through the establishment of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri had stemmed the tide of attacks in the region.
He stressed that due to huge investments required to set up an Army Division, government has prioritised the provision of funds to construct military barracks and other infrastructure, as well as the training of personnel and the provision of necessary equipment to wipe out the activities of insurgents in the North East.
The Minister also disclosed that the Federal Government was intervening in the economic recovery of the North East, following the devastation and socio-economic setback suffered by the sub-region due to the insurgency.
“The President in the Economic Forum on the North East unfolded a new agenda for the economic support of the North East. From this year’s budget, provision is now being made to really give the North East support. What is seen in the budget is not the end of the matter. There will be a lot of other support coming in, and what will unfold will enable the Federal Government, international agencies, friendly governments abroad and also the private sector to make special contributions for the development of the North East”, Maku added.
– CAJ News