President Muhammadu Buhari and his Camerounian counterpart, Paul Biya, have unveiled measures to make their countries’ war against terrorism a success.
Apart from Nigeria and Cameroun agreeing to improve on the exchange of intelligence and security cooperation along their borders, they expressed optimism that the Group of Seven, G-7 most developed countries would fulfil their promises to help Boko Haram-ridden nations win the campaign against insurgency.
In a joint statement the leaders issued yesterday in Yaoundé, they resolved to strengthen military ties to crush the terrorists.
The joint statement in French reads: “The two heads of state note with satisfaction the weakening of the operational capabilities of Boko Haram. They expressed their common determination to eradicate Boko Haram and in this respect agreed to intensify intelligence sharing between their security services.
“As a result of the promises made by the G-7 to help the region to defeat Boko Haram, we are expecting some input in terms of training, equipment,” Buhari told Camerounian state television before his departure aboard a Nigerian Air Force, NAF plane.
Biya took no questions.
Buhari and Biya also agreed to work towards the completion of the demarcation of the land borders between Nigeria and Cameroun before the end of this year.
In the communiqué, both leaders welcomed the progress made so far in the exercise which is being undertaken under the auspices of the United Nations.
“The two Heads of State took note of the satisfaction expressed by the United Nations Secretary-General in his most recent report on the work of the United Nations Office for West Africa from January to June 2015, regarding progress in the demarcation of the land boundary between Cameroun and Nigeria.
“They agreed to endorse the recommendation of the United Nations Secretary-General on the completion before the end of 2015, of the land border demarcation work, in order to concentrate on enhancing cross-border cooperation,” the communiqué read.
Buhari and his host also endorsed the commitments made at the Extraordinary Summit of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic on June 11, 2015 in Abuja.
Presidents Buhari and Biya further agreed to strengthen security collaboration along their common borders under the auspices of the Nigeria-Cameroun Trans-Border Security Committee and within the framework of the implementation of the concept of strategic operations approved at the Abuja Summit.
They reaffirmed their determination to strengthen cooperation with other neighbouring countries for the rapid elimination of terrorism and other security threats.
The two Presidents thanked the United Nations, the African Union, ECOWAS, the Economic Community of Central African States and other bilateral and multilateral partners for their active solidarity in the war against Boko Haram.
They also reaffirmed their support for the implementation of the Lake Chad Basin Commission’s Five-Year Investment Programme (2013-2017), which seeks to save Lake Chad, restore its ecosystem and promote the socioeconomic development of the people living within the basin.
The two Heads of State welcomed the first meeting yesterday in Yaoundé of Governors of contiguous states and regions on the Nigeria-Cameroon border and called for regular meetings of the Governors to strengthen collaboration between the two countries.
The communiqué was read by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Mr. Aliyu Ismaila and the Cameroonian Minister of External Relations, Pierre Mbonjo, in the presence of the two Presidents.
President Buhari has since returned to Abuja.

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