Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate release of $21 million to the Multi-National Joint Task Force’s (MNJTF), within a week to battle the ferocious Boko Haram sect.
This was disclosed by the President during the meeting of the African Union Peace Security Council at the ongoing 25th AU summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nigeria had pledged $100million to the Multinational Joint Task Force, which was formed to snuff out the Boko Haram insurgency plaguing the northeastern part of the country.
Similarly, the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin, had last week approved the sum of $30 million for the installation and equipping of the MNJTF.
Buhari said, “The boko haram insurgency has extended its reached to Nigeria’s neighbours but is not necessarily limited to these immediate countries as terrorism is a global phenomenon with linkages across the globe. Given this dimension of global terror it requires to act according in brotherhood and partnership to fight our common goals against agents of evil.
“I’m pleased to note that Cameroon, Chad, Niger, are demonstrating this secret, they are fighting alongside Nigeria under the umbrella of Multinational Joint Task Force to defeat Boko Haram.
“In this regard, the member countries Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin, met recently where far reaching decisions were taken to immediately put into operations the Multinational Joint Task Force.
“To this end, the summit approved the immediate provision of $30 million for the Multinational Joint Task Force.
“Consequently out of the pledge of $100 million which Nigeria made to Multinational Joint Task Force, I have directed that $21 million be released within the next one week”.
President Buhari called on members of the Peace and Security Committee to put into proper context during the course of deliberations, the situations in South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Mali, Libya, Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, and more recently in Burundi.