Implementation of Niamey agreement will curtail Boko Haram actrocities — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said he was confident that with the intensification of joint patrols, military operations and intelligence sharing by Nigeria and neighbouring countries as agreed by their leaders in Niamey last week, the activities of insurgents and other cross-border criminals will soon be drastically curtailed.

Welcoming the Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs of Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin Republic who are in Abuja to work with their Nigerian counterparts on a legal framework for the cross-border military operations approved by him and neighbouring heads of state in Niamey, President Jonathan reiterated his belief that such collaboration was essential for success in the war against terrorism.

A statement by his spokesperson, Reuben Abati, quoted the President as saying, “I am quite pleased with the decisions we took in Niamey to enhance and boost joint actions against Boko Haram and other cross-border criminals because we have to work together to defeat Boko Haram and other extremist groups in our sub-region.

“I believe that if we cooperate more and monitor our borders closely, the movement of criminals and terrorists as well as small arms and ammunition across our shared borders will also be drastically reduced,” President Jonathan told the visiting Ministers who were accompanied to the Presidential Villa by Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali and the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.”

The president, according to the statement, said with their collective experience and professionalism, he expected the visiting ministers and their Nigerian counterparts to come up with an effective action plan for the successful implementation of the decisions reached by the leaders of Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin Republic at their meeting in Niamey on October 7.

At that meeting, the leaders announced plans to step up the fight against Boko Haram. A communiqué issued after the meeting said that a command centre for a multinational force headed by a chief of staff will be in place by November 20.

The leaders also agreed to finalise the deployment of troops promised by member states to form the multinational force within their national borders by November 1.

The visiting ministers at the audience with President Jonathan were Niger’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Bazoun; Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations, Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo; Chad’s Minister of Defence, Benaindo Tatola; Chad’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Muossa Faki Mahamat; Niger’s Minister of Defence, K. Mahamadou; Benin’s Minister of Defence, Robert Yarou; Benin’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nassirou Bako Arifari; and Cameroon’s Minister of Defence, Edgar Alain Debe Ngo’o.


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  • King Carlos

    You can never find Obanikoro in such gathering because he’s incompetent and not fit for that position. Until we start putting round peg in a round hole, things will still be the same. But how come Ali Modu Sherrif was not there? I thought he is a permanent member of Chad president’s inner circle.

  • Dr. Kay

    How many times has this Dumbo sang this same song of curtailing Bokoharam and how many times does he come out with a bloody nose?Everything is collapsing around this Dumbo and he wants a second term. He can’t even run a bath ,he wants to run a complex society like Naija . Me I dey laugh oh

  • Otile

    Mr President, don’t repeat the mistakes of your predecessors. Don’t use foreign powers and Arabs to kill your fellow Nigerians. You know what Boko Haram is fighting for, just 2 basic things: 1) Stop corrupt practices, 2) Give them their land to practice their religion the way they see fit. These two basic necessities are not too much to ask.

    You were nowhere in Government when they fought hard and won sharia, you must not snatch it away from them now. Their leader Imam Shekau is not a corrupt man, he says what does and does what he says. He hates corrupt politicians, this should be ok with you. You are not going to gain anything by being seen as a war president. That will only make you look like a mass murderer. Gowon is a pariah today because he committed mass murder, and you are about to follow his footsteps. Alhaji Amaduo Ahidjo who helped Col Gowon to shed Igbo blood died a shameful death in Old Europe. General Mobutu and Emperor Jean Bedel Bokassa died shameful deaths as result of the innocent blood of their citizen they spilled.

    Learn something President, learn. You don’t have any good reason to commit mass murder. Stop there.

    • steve

      otile or whatever your name is u must be an illiterate. why would some people say education is forbidding . how are we going to grow. the gun the boko haram are using is it not as a result of research. god help my country Nigeria

      • Otile

        Dr. Kay I am by no means illiterate. To avoid misunderstanding, an illiterate is a person who cannot read or write. I am not one of those. The fact that you prefix your Name with Dr does not mean you are more educated than me or that you can read or write better than me. Perhaps if I brandish my own qualifications as you all do to impress people you will swallow your pride and respect me.

        When a group of people fought and won their sharia and try to implement sharia doctrines, for goodness sake let them go their way. Why do you pretend that all is well, and all these incongruent trbes should be yoked together because of oil? They implemented sharia to live a certain way of life. If their religion tells them that western education is forbidden who are you to stop them? If they believe that following your approved lifestyle for is evil and can lead them to eternal damnation why should you stop them? They don’t have to do research to build their bindigas, poisoned arrows, sticks and clubs to defeat the Nigerian army infested by corrupt Hausa Fulani officers.

        Be reasonable.

  • Guguru

    What is wrong with this story? Jonathan met with the ministers of defence from other nations and yet the Minster of Defence for Nigeria was missing in action in that whole story. I think this is very strange. Where is Nigeria’s Minister of Defence throughout this BH crisis? The other strange part of the story is that the funders of BH are mostly in Nigeria. So, why is Jonathan going to look for help in Niamey when the he could arrest and prosecute the BH financiers in Nigeria?