France sends advisers to Nigeria border to coordinate Boko Haram fight

The French army official said on Friday in Paris, that a detachment of 10 military personnel had been stationed in Diffa at the request of Niger, its former colony.

“The detachment is there to coordinate the armies on the ground in the fight against Boko Haram,” he said.
The African Union (AU) has authorised a force of 7,500 troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin to fight the militants.

It is expected to seek a UN Security Council mandate, which could also include logistical support from other countries.

Meanwhile, a Nigerien government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the parliament in Niamey would vote on Monday on sending its troops to Nigeria.

President Francois Hollande said Paris was also providing logistical and operation support, including delivering fuel and munitions to countries fighting Boko Haram.

He said France could not be expected to get involved in every crisis around the world and accused other major powers of inaction in Africa.

“This is a message to the international community and the biggest countries. Do your work and stop giving lessons and take action!” he said.

“In Africa, we have to help the Africans a lot more to fight terrorism, because if we do not, then other countries will be destabilised,” he added.

(Reuters/NAN)


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    Frannce is rendering all the necessary assistance to her former colonies to curtail the atrocious acts of Boko haram. While America is denying Nigeria any form of assistance and even threatening those who want to help us so that their doomsday 2015 prophesy cocerning Nigeria can come to pass. Chase thge americas away ow as was doe to them in libya

    • DanielOsazuwa

      Nigeria is and was never a colony of the United States. France is doing that because of their close economy and military ties.

      Our military without their being compromised by Dumbo Jonathan “ineptitude, ineffectiveness, inefficiency. Carelessness, cluelessness, callousness, insensitivity and selfishness of Goodluck Jonathan”…( quoting OBJ from his book: My Watch volume 3)

  • Sanmi Falae

    Why on earth do we need France when ALL OUR ARMED SERVICES PERSONNEL are all hands on deck for this almighty definitive push against Boko Haram? Mr president, you can run but you can’t hide.

    • Ekerete Etukudo

      Who’s we? You should be at the forefront of the fight. Help your so called country out. Yoruba big mouth no action!

  • 05GENERAL

    Our armed forces are lazy n are only good @ molesting civilians. We don’t need France n oda super power to be intervening whenever we have problems. Let’s begin to learn to take care of our issues.

    • Faruk Al-amin

      lol, so true

  • Gbemisola

    France shud remain in their France. We dont need them. Boko haram is a Nigerian problem organized by Northern Nigeria to make governance impossible for the South. For 39yrs, the North was quiet but started terrorism immediately they lost power. With largely illiterate and poor population, and with no resources with which to contribute to Nigeria’s expenses, the North feels helpless, hapless and completely irrelevant…and with nothing to fall back to, goes killing anything in sight…and their APC bothers have asked for amnesty.

  • Faruk Al-amin

    Thank you France, assistance in any form is appreciated

  • Wähala

    I was young but now I am very old, but I have not seen any Duncee win election by threats but by winning people over at presidential debates. Duncee should therefore make his supporters proud by attending the presidential debate. Or is he running away from questions about his dirty past? He should therefore go back and take his WAEC exams properly and try to make the remaining 2 papers. An F grade in ordinary basic Arithmetic is just unacceptable despite the fact that he is from an ‘enviably’ educationally disadvantaged state. Rules must be followed.

  • Joe

    The French president is a good man, not like Obama that hates Nigeria and Nigerians because of anti gay law. President Francios has always being willing to support Africa. God bless France.