A multi-regional force, essentially made up of troops from Niger, Cameroun and Chad, have collaborated in recent times in the battle to exterminate the Boko Haram insurgency terrorising the region.
President Denis Sassou N’Guesso of the Republic of Congo and his Republic of Equatorial Guinea counterpart, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, were all in Abuja on Monday and held a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, where insurgency and Ebola topped the agenda.
This is as the troops battling the terrorists in the North-east are recording increased successes with the arrest of a terrorist who disguised as a woman and nestled himself among the people returning to the recovered communities.
Briefing State House correspondents after the Abuja meeting, N’Guesso said Africa was facing the twin challenge of Boko Haram and Ebola. He said the ECCAC leadership was committed to tackling the menace
“As we know, Africa is confronting two challenges. Significantly, Ebola is affecting basically countries in West Africa. These countries are: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
“Also, the operations of the terrorists generally in the sub-Saharan Africa and in northern Africa, particularly Boko Haram, have been affecting Nigeria, Chad and Cameroun.
“Like you know, at the last meeting of the Africa Union (AU), the Heads of State took some very important decisions principally to check the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroun and Chad.
“Following the meeting of the African Union, the Economic Community of Central African Countries had a meeting recently in Yaoundé to address particularly the Boko Haram challenge in Africa and to see the possibility of ameliorating the grave situation. It’s on that platform that we met with our friend President Jonathan of Nigeria.
“We are here because we have been mandated by the Heads of State of the Central African community to bring here, and show our solidarity to the people and government of Nigeria, and to our brother and friend, President Jonathan,” he stressed.
N’Guesso added that they would head to Accra, Ghana, to meet with President John Mahama, who is the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
“We will study the situation together and put in place a security architecture to see how we can coordinate all our actions.”
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