INSURGENCY: Buhari to host Lake Chad Security Summit June 12

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    President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will face the threat of terrorism with full force, noting that it is time for a new way forward that completely removes the threat of terrorism.

    Buhari made this statement while speaking at a bilateral meeting with President Idris Deby Itno of Chad Republic in Makkah, Saudi Arabia where both leaders are attending the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit.

    He announced that he will be hosting leaders of the Lake Basin Commission to an informal Security Summit on the sidelines of his forthcoming Second Term inaugural ceremonies slated for June 12 in Abuja.

    The summit is to come up with new strategies to bring to a permanent end, the Boko Haram terrorism being faced by the countries of the Lake Chad region.

     

    In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, it was revealed that the two Presidents agreed that “the time has now come for the regional leaders to sit down to agree on how to change the unwinding nature of the war.

    “This is to achieve a sustained operation, to continue until the threat is brought to a permanent closure”.

    Buhari noted that now that elections were over and he is now back in full force, it was time for “a new way forward that removes completely’’ the threat of terrorism from the Lake Chad sub-region.

    The statement said: “The two leaders shared information on the oncoming rainy season and challenges that it poses for the ongoing military operations. They agreed on the need for urgent operational measures before that time.

    “They also talked about how the meeting in Abuja should respond to the infiltration through Libya of the displaced elements of the Daesh, which is an acronym of ISIL’s Arabic name al-Dawlah al-Islamīyah fī l-ʻIrāq wa-sh-Shām into the Lake Chad area,’’ the presidential aide added.

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