West African Leaders Consider New Force To Fight Boko Haram

Ghana President John Dramani Mahama addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York

West African leaders are considering creating a military force to help fight Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militants and will hold a regional summit next week in order to discuss the issue, Ghana’s President John Mahama said on Friday. Reuters report:

Regional bloc ECOWAS will seek the support of the African Union (AU) for its plans, said Mahama. “Nigeria is taking military action and Cameroon is fighting Boko Haram, but I think we are increasingly getting to the point where probably a regional or a multinational force is coming into consideration,” Mahama, who currently chairs ECOWAS, told a news conference.

“It is what we want to discuss at the AU because, if that must happen, there must be a mandate to allow such a force to operate,” he said.

Boko Haram militants have killed thousands of people in Nigeria in the last year as part of a campaign to establish an Islamist state in Nigeria. The group has also launched cross-border attacks into neighboring Cameroon and Niger.

The group’s fighters seized the military base and town of Baga, in Nigeria on the shores of Lake Chad, on Jan. 3. Baga was the headquarters of a multinational force with troops from Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This information should be published yet because you know the said group also has access to this informations too. This plan should be kept a secret up until finalised. Let our leaders learn to keep their mouths sealed in matters concerning boko haram. If they want to carry out any attack, they don’t used to announce it, they will just carry out their dastardly act to the detriment of everybody. GOD help us.