Nigeria: Osinbajo says Lake Chad Basin nations working together to defeat Boko Haram

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Countries in the Lake Chad Basin have worked together very well in dealing with the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency and the consequent humanitarian crisis, Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo told a delegation from the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) on Monday.

“The Lake Chad Basin collaboration is one we are extremely proud of, where we as Africans are working together on our own issues. I am pleased to say the countries have worked greatly together,” he said.

The PSC delegation is visiting countries in the region on a fact-finding mission on the crisis as part of its mandate.

Acting President Osinbajo cited the progress of the Multi-National Joint Task Force set up to address the terrorist insurgency, noting that unlike in the past, when there were difficulties when forces of the four countries tried to work together, the MNJTF surmounted the challenges and has succeeded.

According to him, the Buhari administration is “extremely pleased with what we have seen, and we like to see more” of such cooperation.

He, however, observed that the humanitarian consequences of the insurgency were compounded by deep poverty, making the costs of dealing with the situation “huge and enormous.”

For instance, he said, there are about 2.4 million displaced persons, extensive destruction of property, infrastructure, schools, homes and farmland. In some cases, the situation required the “rebuilding of whole societies.”

But Osinbajo expressed satisfaction with the work of the PSC. “I am extremely pleased and encouraged by the work of the PSC, the time and attention paid to this issue. These are matters we must address now and in the future,” he said.

The PSC delegation was led by its Chairperson for the month of July, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, who is also Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and to the AU.

In his remarks, Adeoye said that the PSC delegation has visited the four countries in the Lake Chad Basin --  Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon -- in the past five weeks.

“This visit is the high point of our mission,” he stated, adding that Nigeria’s commitment to peace in Africa has been well demonstrated.

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