For The Umpteenth Time, Nigeria And Cameroon Agree To Join Forces Against Boko Haram


The Nigerian government and Cameroun on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, pledged to join forces to fight the remains of Boko Haram and flush the insurgents from the Lake Chad Basin countries.

According to reports, the two African countries noted with satisfaction the achievement so far achieved in the fight against the terrorists but called for more force to exterminate the few members still threatening the peace and security of the nation.

In the communique issued at the end of the two day bilateral meeting between leaders of the two countries which was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and Paul Biya of Cameroun, the two countries criticized the criminal activities of the terrorists and called for more reinforcement to end the rage.

Reading the communique at the meeting, the minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Geofrey Onyeama, said the two countries hailed the effort of the joint military and the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) t against the activities of the terrorist group.

The minister added that Buhari and Biya reaffirmed their commitments to continue to support the JMNTF until the terrorist group was completely eliminated.

He said that the presidents welcomed joint discussions on the fate of suspected Boko Haram members arrested in each other’s country.

He further said that they expressed the need to set up a judicial framework to ensure their fair trial and if need be, their transfer to their countries of origin in accordance with international best practices.

He said Buhari and Biya expressed commitment to the forthcoming second session of the regional security summit in Abuja on May 13, and pledged to participate in the processes and implement the outcome of the meeting, to ensure peace and security in the affected areas.

Onyeama said that Nigeria and Cameroon also agreed to convene a tripartite meeting of both countries and the UNHCR, to agree on a framework for the safe return of the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon in July in Abuja.

He added that the presidents welcomed the interest of investors across the countries, to boost the existing mutually beneficial and economic cooperation between both countries.

He said they also pledged to harness the potential in both countries and to open up opportunities for their people as well as convene a business forum for investors in Abuja.

He further said that the Presidents also welcomed an agreement by experts from both countries to construct a bridge across the river to link Beleri in Nigeria and Densa in Cameroon and provide related infrastructure along the corridor.


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