Abuja - Nigeria is considering recalling
its soldiers on peacekeeping in foreign countries following the need for "troops surge" in operational areas in the North-East.
Mr Mike Omeri, the Coordinator, National Information Centre, stated this on
Thursday in Abuja at a news conference.
The coordinator explained that this was one of the positions
of the country at a meeting held between it and some African countries on Jan.
20 in Niamey, Niger Republic.
He did not mention the countries involved but said the
meeting was necessitated by the "collapse" of Multinational Joint Task Force
(MNJTF) set up to fight the Boko Haram sect.
Omeri said the sole aim of that meeting was to seek the
authorisation from the UN Security Council through the AU to establish a more
effective multinational force to confront the insurgents.
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He said the country’s other positions at that meeting was
that Nigeria and her neighbours needed to improve on the effective management
of their borders.
"The Abuja Regional Intelligence Fusion Unit should
collaborate with the Intelligence Coordination Centre based in Chad in
"Offer of military and humanitarian assistance from
regional and international bodies should be deployed along Nigerian common
borders with neighbouring countries with clear mandate, command, control and
rule of engagement,’’ he said.
Omeri said that Nigeria also stressed that Boko Haram was
not only a challenge to the country but a threat to regional and international
peace and security which required collective efforts.
He commended the UN Security Council for strongly condemning
the atrocities of Boko Haram in North- East and demanded that it should
unequivocally cease all hostilities and abuse of human rights.