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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Nigeria, Chad renew commitment to collaborate against Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari and his Chadian counterpart, President Idriss Deby, on Thursday in N’Djamena, Chad, reaffirmed the commitment of their countries to greater cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram.

This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of President Buhari's one-day official visit to Chad.

In it, both leaders agreed on the need to quickly make the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) fully operational, to effectively combat terrorism in the North-East, Nigeria and "everywhere" that Boko Haram operates.

Buhari and Deby called on the international community to provide the Lake Chad Basin Commission and neigbouring countries with all necessary support to combat terrorism and insurgency.

``Both Heads of State agreed that the war on Boko Haram should be supported by emergency development initiatives in areas affected by this insurgency group.

``This will help to overcome the harmful effects faced by local populations,’’ the communiqué said.

Buhari paid tribute to the gallantry of Chadian soldiers engaged in operations against Boko Haram and condoled the families of their comrades killed in active service.

While in the Chadian capital, President Buhari also held a closed-door meeting with Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai of Nigeria, who was recently appointed Force Commander of the MNJTF, with headquarters in N’Djamena. (NAN)

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