Abuja - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has called for increased international cooperation to eliminate the Boko Haram scourge.
In a communiqué made available on Wednesday, the AU organ nonetheless expressed gratitude to support provided by international partners to the ongoing efforts of the Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF to eradicate Boko Haram.
In this regard, it reiterated its appreciation to the European Union, United Kingdom, France and the United States of America for their unrelenting support.
The council further reiterated its appeal to the partners to strengthen their support to the MNJTF and, in this respect, welcomed the efforts being deployed by the commission, notably the planning for the Donor’s Conference, scheduled for February 1, in Ethiopia to mobilize additional resources, including finance, logistics, equipment, and other essential material for the MNJTF.
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The PSC welcomed the progress made by the Member States of the Lake Chad Basin and Benin in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group, which had resulted in degrading the capacity of the group and commends their resolve and sustained efforts to fully operationalise the MNJTF, with a view to eliminate the terrorist group.
It renewed AU’s solidarity with the Governments and people of Nigeria and those of the other countries directly affected by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group and called for stronger international cooperation and support to the efforts to prevent and combat terrorism, in line with the relevant Africa and international instruments.
The AU organ reiterated AU’s strong condemnation of the sporadic and isolated attacks against of civilians and disturbing use of children by the terrorist group as suicide bombers.
In this respect, the council noted with deep concern the recent suicide bombing attack that took place at a mosque in Cameroon.
It noted with deep concern the prevailing humanitarian situation in the region, particularly as the Boko Haram violence had displaced close to 2.2 million people, restricted movement, disrupted food supply and severely hindered access to basic services, and limiting agricultural activities.
“In this respect, Council stresses the urgent need to expeditiously handle the dire humanitarian situation in order to adequately cater for internally displaced persons and refugees,” PSC said.
- CAJ News