Niger: ECOWAS foreign ministers discuss security situation in Nigeria

Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Security in Nigeria was the main agenda of the conference held here Tuesday by Foreign Affairs Ministers from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), top officials of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and representatives of international organizations.

"The Nigerian sect of Boko Haram cannot be considered a problem for Nigeria alone," said Niger's Foreign Affairs Minister,  Bazoum Mohamed, stating that the insurgent's group was like other terrorist groups and it posed a threat to peace and stability in the region and even the world.
"In that respect, it is worth pointing out that the claims of its present conquests are far from its goals, centered at the beginning on Koranic education. Therefore, we should be aware of that evolution and not make mistake on the solutions to take against such a situation,” he said.

Commending Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno and the Chadian people for sending troops to fight Boko Haram in Cameroon, Mohamed said he was pleased about the commitment made by governments against terrorism in all its forms.

Since 2012, the Boko Haram sect has perpetrated the killing of peaceful citizens in Nigeria and in several neighbouring countries, particularly Cameroon.

More than 100,000 Nigerians have fled the atrocities and found refuge in Niger's far-eastern region of Diffa.  

A meeting of army chiefs of staff from countries bordering Lake Chad opened Tuesday on the same agenda at the headquarters of the Nigerien Armed Forces (FAN) in Niamey.

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20 Janeiro 2015 17:09:24

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