Niger’s Members of parliament have reportedly agreed to send troops to northern Nigeria in an offensive bid to combat Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has launched several cross-border attacks in recent days. The Guardian report.
Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin have agreed to send a joint force of 8,700 troops to fight the group, which has killed thousands of people and kidnapped hundreds more in its bid to carve out a caliphate.
The crisis has prompted Nigeria to postpone its 14 February presidential election by six weeks.
Niger has in recent days amassed more than 3,000 troops in its southern region of Diffa, on the border with Nigeria, awaiting parliamentary approval to go on the offensive.
“The pooling of the efforts and resources of concerned countries will contribute without doubt to crushing this group which shows scorn, through its barbaric acts, for the Muslim religion,” Niger’s parliamentary speaker, Adamou Salifou, said after the vote late on Monday.
“Our country has never failed it its solidarity with its neighbours,” he said.
The vote was supported by all 102 deputies present.