President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria is meeting with neighbouring countries’ leaders in Niger Republic to discuss collaboration efforts against terrorism and further actions that should be taken to end the increasing insurgency in the region.
The meeting is see as crucial, as Nigeria is battling to contian the activities of an Islamist group, Boko Haram, demanding for an Islamic State and an end to western education in the north.
The international community will be looking forward to a positive result from the meeting.
In a statement, President Jonathan’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, said the extraordinary summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission would hold on Tuesday in Niamey, capital of Niger Republic.
“President Jonathan and the leaders of the neighbouring countries are expected to review ongoing collaboration against terrorism and agree on further joint action to curb terrorism and insurgency within and across their national boundaries,” the statement read.
President Jonathan and the Heads of State and Government of the neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin Republic had in May resolved at a meeting in Paris to intensify joint efforts to curtail terrorism and violent extremism.
At the Paris Summit hosted by President Francois Hollande of France in the aftermath of the dastardly abduction of the Chibok College girls, President Jonathan and neighbouring Heads of State and Government also agreed to establish joint anti-terrorism patrols and a system of sharing intelligence to support operations against terrorists and other cross-border criminals.
They likewise agreed to create a dedicated team to draw up and advise on the implementation of a regional counter-terrorism strategy under the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
“Benin Republic, which participated in the Paris Summit but is not a member of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, has been invited to the Niamey talks,” the statement further read.
The Lake Chad Basin Commission was established in 1964 by Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon with the mandate of sustainably and equitably managing shared water resources of the Lake Chad Basin and promoting regional integration, peace and security across the Basin.
President Jonathan will be accompanied to Niamey by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the Chief Of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh and other senior government officials.
President Jonathan had in his 54th Independence Anniversary speech vowed to fight terror to its finish and called on all Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic, religious or political affiliation to support the war against terror.