African Leaders Hold Meeting To Tackle Terrorism

Lake chad basinLeaders from across the African continent have arrived Abuja for the meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission which is taking place at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Heads of Governments from Chad, Niger and Benin Republic are present at the meeting while the Defence Ministers from Cameroun are also in attendance .

President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over the meeting and has already given his opening speech along with the chairman of the commission.

President Buhari emphasized the need for the Multi-National Joint Task Force to work in order to reduce insurgency.

He urged them to sustaining the operation to tackle terrorism is key to the development of the region.

Ahead of the meeting the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Sanusi Abdullahi told journalists that the body will need about Thirty Million Dollars to set up the headquarters of the Multi National Joint Task Force and sustain its operations to tackle terrorism in the region.

Mr. Abdullahi also added that the implementation of the Multi National Joint Task Force is long overdue and has become very imperative to quickly deploy the operation of the troops that will help in the fight against Boko Haram.

” The total amount needed to set up and sustain the Multi National Joint Task Force Headquarters for the next 12 months is estimated to be about Thirty Million Dollars, the troops contributing country are responsible for equipping and sustain their battalions”

He added that there should be no time left for the sect members to plan their next rampage .

MNJTF Requires $30mln To Reduce Terrorism In One Year – LCBC

Lake Chad Basin Commission meeting on MNJTFThe Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) will require $30 million in the next one year to reduce terrorism in Nigeria’s north-east and neighbouring countries to its barest minimum, an official of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) said on Wednesday.

At the end of a two-day meeting of the Ministers of Defence and top military officials of the LCBC, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Mr Sanusi Abdullahi, told reporters that more funding was needed to adequately equip the military in the war on terror.

Mr Abdullahi said the global security threat, as a result of the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group, was very high and had led to instability, underdevelopment and untold hardship of citizens of the region.

He expressed optimism that the recent successes recorded by the joint operations of the task force would bring the insurgents to their knees.Lake Chad Basin Commission meeting

The Executive Secretary, however, stressed the need for redoubled efforts by members of the Lake Chad Basin Commission to permanently root out Boko Haram.

The commission is meeting to work out the processes for the operationalisation of the strategic directive for the immediate take off of the combined operation of the modified version of the MNJTF in the campaign against terror in the region.

At the end of the meeting, the report will be submitted to the Heads of government of the member countries to decide whether the MNJTF will be operationalised or not.

The meeting is preparatory to the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the LCBC member countries in furtherance of the multilateral discussion on counter terrorism operations in the sub region.


Fighting Terrorism: Lake Chad Basin Commission Says Over N2bn Needed

Lake ChadOver two billion naira is the amount needed to fund operations of the multinational joint security forces organised to fight insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin area.

The Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, Mr Sanusi Abdullahi, told Chiefs of Defence Staff from member states in Abuja that the amount would fund requirements of small equipment and troop welfare in the on-going fight against terrorism.

“The Lake Chad Basin Commission is committed and determined to support the multinational joint task force to see that the force is maintained and sustained at top capacity to face the challenges of its mission.

“In this regard, we are submitting to the council of ministers of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, a budget of 8.714billion CFA to fund urgent requirements of small equipment, troops’ welfare and daily needs,” he said.

Members of the commission and Benin Republic have been meeting in Nigeria’s capital city to re-evaluate counter terrorism strategies adopted in the past.

It was the fourth meeting of ministers and Chiefs of Defense Staff, and heads of security intelligence to review best strategies in the fight against terrorism.

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, believes that such collaborations from member states is needed to fight terrorism.

He said; “This is the time for affirmative action. It is very important for us to build enduring structures that will have pragmatic value on the Lake Chad Basin Commission community.

“The military structure in terms of the multinational joint task force is one of such structures and has to be fully activated.”