7,500 AU Troops To Join Boko Haram Fight In Nigeria


The Federal Government, Monday, said that the African Union Peace and Security had approved the mobilization and immediate deployment of 7,500 troops to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram.

According to the Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mike Omeri, “the recent regional and continental synergy and resolutions to establish a multinational military force by Nigeria’s neighboring countries of chad, Niger and Cameroun as well as the AU decision on the matter is point of reference here.

“The African Union Peace and Security Council, at the recently concluded 24th ordinary session approved the mobilization and deployment of seven thousand five hundred troops to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram,” he told newsmen in Abuja.

“Consequently, the AU peace and Security Council is billed to begin to meet in Cameroun on Monday to authorize and finalize the concept of the operation in the fight against “Boko Haram” a decision which has been welcomed by the UN secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki Moon,” he added.

Omeri also commended the Nigerian Army for the determination of soldiers and other stakeholders involved in the fight against Boko Haram.

“In the couple of days the effort of Nigerian military in checking insurgency in the north east state of the country has continued to yield result. On Sunday, Feburary, 1 2015, government troops from 7 division of Nigerian army stationed in and around Maduguri, the Borno state capital, successfully repelled a multi-prolonged attack launched by Boko haram from various fronts including Malwa Damboa Mafa others, but were effectively restricted by the gallant troops assisted by local civilian volunteers.”

Omeri pointed out that the situation in Adamawa showed that the Nigeria military was making remarkable success. Madagali, Gulak, Wagga-mildo, Shelini Sambo-Gari and Gubia are however yet to be retaken from the Islamist sect.