President Muhammadu Buhari, has dispatched the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) to the neighbouring Republic of Chad for an urgent meeting with President Idris Deby and his defence counterpart on the deterioration of security situation on the Nigeria – Chad Boarder that has led to the recently increased Boko Haram terrorism in the area.
According to Diplomatic sources that did not want to be named in Abuja said “ Nigeria has a Chad problem in the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF put together to secure the Lake Chad basin areas and repeal the Boko Haram terrorism attacks against all the countries neighbouring the Lake.
The sources revealed that Chad is believed to be having their own internal security challenges and this has reportedly led to their pulling away their own troops manning their own boarder around Lake Chad.
“That lacuna is being exploited by the Boko Haram terrorists, who go in and out of Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon to launch terrorist acts. This is a clear illustration of the fact that terrorism is beyond national borders.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu said he is aware that the Defence Minister is going to Chad but said he is unaware of his mission there.
Also according to sources the President has called an urgent meeting with the Service Chiefs, as well as the fact that families of the latest victims of the Boko Haram are being identified and contacts made before a government pronouncement on the tragic attacks. This, it is understood, is the reason for the silence of the government over the incident.
Recall that Boko Haram had killed 44 soldiers and nine farmers in three days of attacks on some villages in Borno State, AFP has reported.
According to the report, which quoted security sources, the Islamic State West Africa Province, a Boko Haram splinter group, killed at least 44 soldiers in attacks on three military bases at the weekend.