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AU lauds task force against Boko Haram

03 February 2016, 18:16Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The total contributions pledged to the support of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against Boko Haram, since its inception, amount to $250 million.

This has been disclosed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the opening ceremony of the Donors’ Conference for the MNJTF.

The Chairman of the African Union (AU), Idriss Deby Itno, together with the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, attended event.

AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to the AU, Haile Menkerios, and the Head of the UN Office for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, attended.

Itno reiterated the important role of MNJTF in the fight against Boko Haram as expressed in its approved mandate and the necessity to support MNJTF Troop Contributing Countries in their efforts to fight Boko Haram.

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He recognised the resoluteness and determination of Lake Chad Basin Member States and Benin to restore peace in the region.

Chergui expressed gratitude for all the support provided to MNJTF that complements the efforts by the states n their efforts to fight against Boko Haram.

He welcomed additional contributions in cash and in kind to allow the swift constitution of the AU Trust Fund for MNJTF operations against the terror group.

The representatives of affected countries stressed that the terrorist acts of Boko Haram had led to loss of lives, mass internal displacement of populations and dire socio-economic conditions.

They appreciated the additional support extended to their efforts in the fight against the Islamic sect and reiterated their determination to defeat it.

The task force was first organised as a solely Nigerian force in 1994 but was expanded to include units from neighbouring countries to deal with with common cross-border security issues in the Lake Chad region.

- CAJ News


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