Niger Republic’s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Bazoum, on Thursday said African nations threatened by Nigeria’s Boko Haram sect would seek the United Nation’s Security Council’s authorisation for a multinational force to take on the Islamist militants.
Bazoum, according to the AFP, said the countries of the Lake Chad region had agreed during a meeting in Niamey that the resolution would be presented to the UN by the African Union.
However, he did not specify when this would be done.
`Boko Haram, which is fighting to create an Islamic emirate in northern Nigeria, has increasingly made incursions into neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
“Mistrust and disagreements between the states have however hampered attempts to pool military resources.
“The countries had agreed to create a multinational force to tackle the insurgents last November but failed to contribute the troops.
“Contrary to what happened in the past, we agreed with our partners that a resolution should be passed by the Security Council that will allow the establishment of the Joint Multinational Force,’’ Bazoum noted.
He said the countries also agreed to move the headquarters of the proposed multinational force from the Nigerian town of Baga to the Chadian capital N’Djamena after Baga was seized and ransacked by Boko Haram fighters.