We Will Fight Boko Haram With Nigeria - AU
Nigeria’s 8 years battle to chase Boko Haram out of its northeast region is getting a boost.
The African Union is ready to support the oil-rich nation’s effort to end terror attacks on civilians.
Its readiness to support Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram was announced by the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC ).
Members of the body led by Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to AU, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, gave the assurance at a meeting with the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the delegation was on a Field Mission to the Countries of the Lake Chad Basin including Nigeria.
The 3-day mission ends on Tuesday, August 1.
Adeoye said the delegation is in Nigeria to have first-hand knowledge of the security situation in the Lake Chad Basin region and the humanitarian crisis occasioned by the Boko Haram activities.
“We have seen the havoc wreaked by the insurgents and we have seen the environmental degradation of the Lake Chad.
“We have seen human beings whose livelihoods have been decimated by the atrocities of Boko Haram.
“We are here to show solidarity with the government of Nigeria and offer our support in tackling the menace of terrorism in all its forms and ramifications,” he said.
According to him, the findings of the delegation were of great importance to the AU.
The AU delegation commended Nigeria and other governments in the Lake Chad region in ensuring that peace returned to the crisis-ridden areas.
“We thank the government of Nigeria and other governments in the Lake Chad for the work done in ensuring that peace is being returned in a significant manner.
“We noticed that Maiduguri and other cities in the Lake Chad region are beginning to see law and order returning. Peace is returning,” Ambassador Adeoye said.
Onyeama commended the AU for supporting the “existential struggle against one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world”.
The Minister said: “Terrorism is a global challenge that a lot of African countries are facing.
“We are all in this together and we have to work together”.
It is important that the regional body fully engage in the fight against terrorism.
He is hopeful that the findings of the delegation would help AU develop policies and strategies not only for the sub-region but also for the entire continent.
Also, the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mustapha Maihaja, drew the attention of the delegation to the humanitarian situation across the border of Nigeria and Cameroon.