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Ki-moon welcomes EU funding to fight Boko Haram

06 August 2016, 08:36

Abuja - - The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has commended the European Union (EU) Commission for its €50-million contribution to the multinational task force fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria and the sub-region.

The Lake Chad Basin countries- Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria- are under siege from the Islamic militants.

The UN Secretary-General welcomed the signing of an agreement between EU and the African Union Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, on 1 August, on the EU’s contribution to the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

This is seen as crucial, as Boko Haram is most unlikely to be defeated if the affected communities do not have confidence in the armed forces that are supposed to protect them, he said.

“The Secretary-General wishes to take this opportunity to commend the Lake Chad Basin countries and Benin for the significant progress achieved in combating the terrorist threat posed by Boko Haram,” said a spokesperson.

Ki-moon also urged the international community to continue to enhance its support to regional efforts to combat the Boko Haram threat and in mitigating the impact of its activities through the provision of requisite humanitarian, political, financial and logistical support.

The Boko Haram crisis has killed 20 000, displaced 3 million people and left over 200 000 minors suffering from acute malnutrition.

– CAJ News

- CAJ News


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