Sunday, May 15, 2016

Boko Haram Remains a Threat French President Says

Speaking in Abuja, Capital of Nigeria on May 14, 2016  French President Francios Hollande saiddeclared the Islamist group Boko Haram "is still a threat," despite "impressive results" in the fight against the insurgents in Nigeria. President Francois Hollande however acknowledged the effort deployed. To him, the results so far obtained by the multi taskforce are “impressive” but "this terrorist group, however, still remains a threat," said Mr. Holland during a press briefing. French President attended the 2nd Regional Security Summit alongside Muhammadu Buhari and the heads of state of neighboring countries of Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Chad and Niger and others. It is believed that the discussions during the meeting would focus on how to end the Islamist insurgency and abuses of Boko Haram, whose ties with the jihadist group Islamic State "alarmed" the UN. The effective deployment of a military taskforce, supported by the African Union and which includes 8,500 men from Nigeria and neighboring countries, should also be in the focus of the summit.

Nigerian President encourages the deployment of this force, which should already be released in July. Since the arrival of Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria a year ago, the army has stepped up military victories against Boko Haram, leading the president to announce that the Islamist group was "technically" won. It should be recalled that since 2009, more than 20 000 deaths have been recorded. Reports say though Boko Haram has resolved to suicide bombings, the Sambisa forest in the (northeast) remains a fallback stronghold for the insurgents, and the factors contributing to the emergence of Boko Haram



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