Cameroun Will Support Nigeria Until War On Terror Is Won – Biya

CameroonThe Camerounian President, Paul Biya, has reassured Nigeria that his nation would support the war against the Boko Haram terrorist group till the end.

Mr Biya made the promise at a press conference held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

He is in Nigeria on a state visit.

The Camerounian leader also denied reports that his country had harboured terrorists and wanted to withdraw from the fight against Boko Haram.

On his part, President Buhari told reporters that he was grateful to the Chad Basin Commission, the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the G7 countries for the support they gave Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram.

In a communique at the end of their meeting, they reaffirmed their continuous commitment to the fight against Boko Haram until they were finally exterminated from their countries.

They appraised the success recorded so far and pledged their readiness to work with each other in economic and infrastructural development.

The joint communique was presented by the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Nigeria, Mr Geofrey Onyeama and his Camerounian counterpart.

Cameroun like Nigeria is fighting the Boko Haram group which had infiltrated the nation from Nigeria’s northeast region, making both countries increase collaboration in tacking a common enemy.

Nigeria and Cameroun had on Tuesday signed an agreement on trade cooperation and conservation of the Benue River.

The agreement was the outcome of the bilateral talks between President Buhari and Mr Biya.

President Buhari Returns From Cameroon

Muhammadu-Buhari-Obama-visitPresident Muhammadu Buhari is back to Nigeria after a 2-day visit to Cameroon.

President Buhari, before his return, got assurances from his Cameroonian counterpart, President Paul Biya, that the two countries would cooperate in dealing with the Boko Haram menace in spite of border lines.

Both Presidents also discussed strategies on how to improve trade relations.

President Buhari believes that insurgency must be tackled from all fronts as the wave of attacks spill into Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

He said, “We recognise that none of us can succeed alone, in order to win this war we need the collective efforts of each one of us, standing together as a formidable force for good to defeat and end these acts of terror against our people.”

War On Terror: Buhari Seeks More Regional Coalition With Cameroon

Muhammadu-Buhari-of-Nigeria-and-Paul-Biya-of-CameroonPresident Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will continue his ongoing effort to build a more effective regional coalition against the Boko Haram terrorist group with a visit to Yaounde on Wednesday for talks with President Paul Biya and senior Cameroonian Government officials.

The talks between President Buhari and his Cameroonian counterpart are expected to focus on the full activation and deployment of the Multinational Joint Task Force against the Boko Haram, which has been established under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

Joint Measures To Curb Terrorism

In a statement, a spokesman for the President Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, said that the President would be accompanied on the two-day trip by six state governors and the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency.

He will also discuss further joint measures to curb terrorism, violent extremism and other cross-border crimes with President Biya and Cameroonian government officials.

The State Governors on the President’s entourage are Mr Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa State, Mr Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Mr Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Mr Ben Ayade of Cross River State and Mr Darius Ishaku of Taraba State.

President Buhari will also meet with Nigerians living in Cameroon during the visit.

The President will return to Nigeria on Thursday and will undertake a one-day trip to Benin Republic on Saturday for talks with President Boni Yayi to round-off the diplomatic shuttles to neighbouring countries, which he embarked upon on assumption of office.

The visits are efforts of the Nigerian government to strengthen regional cooperation against terrorism and make it much harder for Boko Haram terrorists to operate across national boundaries.

In his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015, President Buhari made a strong statement against the activities of the Boko Haram sect in the north, promising to end the terror attacks.

But over a thousand persons have been killed in different suicide bomb attacks in the north-east, north-central and north-west regions since President Buhari took over office.

Nigerian troops have raised operations against the terrorist group, chasing them out of some areas they were gaining more grounds.