To fulfil Nigeria’s promise to give $100million to the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF against Boko Haram, President Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered the immediate release of $21million to the regional force.
Buhari gave the directive at the African Union, AU Peace and Security Council, PSC, which he chaired at the ongoing AU Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. He said that the money would be released this week.
He said that his action was in response to the demands of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, LCBC and Benin Republic in Abuja last week, seeking to run MNJTF with not less than $30 million per annum.
He said: “The member countries of Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic, met recently where far reaching decisions were taken to immediately put into operations the Multinational Joint Task Force.
“To this end, the summit approved the immediate provision of $30 million for the Multinational Joint Task Force. Consequently out of the pledge of $100 million which Nigeria made to the Multinational Joint Task Force, I have directed that $21 million be released within the next one week,’’ Buhari informed the AU,” he said.
Buhari also expressed happiness that Cameroon, Chad and Niger “are part of this support. They are fighting alongside Nigeria under the umbrella of Multinational Joint Task Force to defeat Boko Haram.’’
He observed that the continent was inundated with crises of various forms which require urgent attention.
“We are witnesses to the rampant destruction of homes, roads, communications lines, vital infrastructure and displacement of persons not to mention terrible loss of lives. This is true I must add of the North-East of Nigeria where we are dealing with the scourge of Boko Haram.
“The Boko Haram insurgency has extended its reach to Nigeria’s neighbours but is not necessarily limited to these immediate countries as terrorism is a global phenomenon with linkages across the globe. Given this dimension of global terror, it requires us to act accordingly in brotherhood and partnership to fight our common goals against agents of evil,’’ he said.

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