The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, promised on 11th June to mobilize 100 million dollars to finance the creation of a regional task force intended to fight against the jihadist group, Boko Haram. At the end of a meeting at the airport of Abuja, the representatives of Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Benin and Cameroon announced that this force will be composed of 8700 men.
The military force which headquarters will be established in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital, should be operational before 30th July. It will be placed under the Nigerian command, a concession made for Mr Buhari.
Since his taking office two weeks ago, the new Nigerian president placed the fight against the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, at the top of his priorities. He successively travelled to Niger and to Chad, transferring the Nigerian military command from Abuja to Maiduguri, the capital of the State of Borno, cradle of the armed Islamist group that recently swore allegiance to the Islamic State.
Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria have already carried out a series of offensives against the Boko Haram fighting forces in the Northeast of Nigeria.
Several thousand people were killed, and one million and half people were moved since the beginning of the Islamist uprising in the North of Nigeria, six years ago.
Original text by: Editorial staff