AU endorses 7,500 regional Force to fight Boko Haram

Boko Haram

By Shu’aibu Adamu

The African Union (AU) has endorsed a plan for a regional task force of 7,500 Army to fight the Islamist Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.

The leaders meeting during the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) agreed to the plan after its session on Thursday to bring to an end the killings and maiming of residents of the North East part of Nigeria by the militant group.

The meeting, presided by President Alpha Conde of Guinea, said the effort would end the militants, who recently expanded their attacks to the borders of Lake Chad region of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin had earlier in the month requested the AU to seek U.N. Security Council mandate for their plan to take on insurgents who are allegedly fighting to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

Smail Chergui, the AU commissioner for Peace and Security Council, told reporters on the sidelines of an African summit in Addis Ababa shortly after the meeting that: “We are thinking of a force of 7,500 women and men which will be submitted to the U.N. Security Council for approval.’’

Mr. Chergui hoped that the concept of the force would be better organised and “we can achieve the goal that we are looking for to really stop the killing and these barbaric acts of Boko Haram’’.

He said the African group would meet in Cameroon early February “to draw up a concept of operations and strategy, rules of engagement, command and control, and related issues’’.

NAN also reports that each of the five nations would contribute a battalion with each contingent to be based within its national borders, with operations to be coordinated from Chad.

Meanwhile, the endorsement is expected to be ratified at the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government scheduled for Friday morning at the Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.

(NAN)


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  • Mazzdark

    Finally! What shall it be called, though? AU Mission in Nigeria (AMINIG).

  • Dumbo

    GEJ, see the shame you and your senseless supporters have brought to Nigeria due to your weakness, cluelessness and lack of political will. We internally have more forces to fight BH, but no country trust Ogogoro GEJ and his thieving coward Generals that feed and dance on the insurgency issue.

    • It’s just an expansion of the multinational joint task force, only, it’s headquarters will be situated in Chad and each of those nations will fight Boko Haram in their respective nations simultaneously.

      Nigeria can’t win the conflict if, every time Nigeria flushes Boko Haram out, they flee to Cameroon and regroup, or they’re allowed to use Chad as a supply line, due to the Chadian’s unwillingness to engage the enemy.

      With this in place, it will mean, when Nigeria fights Boko Haram to the border, they’ll have troops from one of these respective nations waiting for them.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Yes now we will know who is the real Boko Haram.

  • Arewabetter

    What a shame! An insurgent group, namely Boko Haram is mightier than the Nigerian military. Where is the Nigerian military, which was capable of ending insurgencies in many African countries? This morning, I read with dismay and embarrassment in foreign newspapers that the Chadian army has entered Nigerian boarder and freed a town and its citizens from Boko Haram captivity. What humiliating and disgusting news! My dream of having back the Nigeria that fought against apartheid and for the whole Black Race remains only, but a dream, because Nigerian politicians are just interested in looting, thievery and embezzlement, and not in ending insurgencies as well as in solving or alleviating the sufferings of the masses. May God protect Nigeria from further atrocities and calamities!

    • Ekerete Etukudo

      you can join the army and fight the insurgents too. That’s what’s expected of a patriotic Nigerian. Not sittin gon the sidelines and talking nonsense!

      • Arewabetter

        Most probably, you do not know what you are writing about and most likely, you do not know what kind of army Nigeria is in possession of. All that Nigeria needs to get rid of Boko Haram is a professional army. Personnel is a major problem for the Nigerian military. This is what Lt General Minimah said about the Nigerian army: ”A real soldier is known when he is put in the warfront. The one who is not a soldier will run away and abandon his job. Our soldiers are recruited from Nigerian society and, today, most people are not called to be soldiers, they joined because they are desperately in need of jobs.” What have you to say about his statements? All efforts should be made to move the Nigerian army from its present shambles to “contract-employed” soldiers (such as the U.S. volunteer force). Starved for funds since PDP came into power (for more than 16 years) and now crippled with politicians’ actions related to thievery, robbery, embezzlement as well as the practice of nepotism, tribalism and favoritism, Nigeria’s troop readiness, training, morale, and discipline has suffered, and most of the military gear has become ANTIQUATED.

  • Wakawa Aliyu

    Long overdue….we wouldnt have been in this mess

  • ucheJ

    At last Africa is begining to understand that Nigeria needs help atleast they will be able to expose those notherners who have been killing the dream of GEJ in fighting Boko Haram all have realised Nigeria’s effort in keeping Africa in peace. Long live Nigeria long live GEJ.

  • McAlfred Uta

    This is the most potent strategy to cage Idris Deby’s support for Boko Haram. As for those blaming Nigerian Army, please reconsider your stand in view of the porousness, tribal and cultural affinity of the borderline of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

  • Elis Davia

    Boko haram will be destroyed very soon and there sponsors will be exposed, then the people will see that President GEJ is doing everything possible to end the insurgency which have been undermining his administration