Niger: Benin, Togo, Cote d'Ivoire back president Mahamadou against Boko Haram

Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Benin, Togo and Cote d'Ivoire on Tuesday threw their support behind Niger in its fight against the Nigerian-based Boko Haram insurgents which have been creating havoc in a number of West and Central African countries.

Beninese president Yayi Boni, Togolese president Faure Gnassingbé, as well as the Ivorian minister of Defence, flew to Niger on Tuesday to show their support to the Nigerien president Issoufou Mahamadou and his administration as they battle the Islamist Boko Haram.

After talks behind closed doors, the three presidents held a news conference during which they fielded questions on the fight against the terrorist organization and the repeated attacks on the Nigerien territory.

President Gnassingbé praised the patriotism of the Nigerien people who held a huge solidarity rally a few days ago, and also "the fighting spirit" of the Nigerien armed forces in the Diffa region.

President Yayi said that the war against the Islamist group was not negotiable and called for a sacred union and popular resistance to "eradicate Boko Haram".

While thanking his guests for their solidarity, president Mahamadou said that shortly, Boko Haram would be defeated. “Boko Haram does not have a future," he said.
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24 february 2015 21:03:52

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