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Cameroon, Chad Deploy Troops to Fight Boko Haram

FILE - Chadian soldiers sit on a pickup truck as they leave Bangui on April 4, 2014, escorted by African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) forces (not pictured).
FILE - Chadian soldiers sit on a pickup truck as they leave Bangui on April 4, 2014, escorted by African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) forces (not pictured).
Cameroon and Chad have sent a thousand troops to their borders with Nigeria to fight the Islamist group Boko Haram. The troops were deployed shortly after leaders from the two countries met in Yaounde and declared war against the violent group.

These are soldiers of Cameroon's rapid intervention battalion singing in excitement as they leave Yaounde, capital of the West African country, for the border with Nigeria. They headed out barely a day after Presidents Idriss Deby of Chad and Paul Biya of Cameroon announced they are waging war on Boko Haram.

Colonel Didier Badjeck, spokesperson of the Cameroon military told VOA that the soldiers will work with the local people to find out who members of the violent group are, since the soldiers are aware they will be fighting an enemy that uses unconventional tactics.

"We have occupied the field so that the response should be more spontaneous. I want to say that we need total collaboration from the public. This will encourage us in the field to know exactly that people are thinking about us and are supporting their defense forces. We specially await information from the population," said Badjeck.

Before the soldiers left, Cameroon's defense minister, Edgard Allain Mebe Ngo'o met with Chad's minister of national defense, Benaindo Tatola, in Yaounde.  Ngo'o said Chad had also deployed troops to work together with Cameroonian forces on the borders with Nigeria. He also said troops from the two countries will cross into Nigeria and fight Boko Haram in collaboration with Nigerian forces.

Nigeria has often accused Cameroon of not doing enough to fight Boko Haram even though the terrorist group frequently crosses into Cameroonian territory. Cameroon has been attacked several times by Boko Haram.

Earlier this month, rebels from the violent group attacked a military post in Kousseri, Far North, Cameroon and freed one of their members being held there. They also attacked the locality of Waza in North Cameroon and stole 12 vehicles, kidnapped 10 Chinese workers and killed a Cameroonian soldier.

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by: rich from: ghana
May 26, 2014 6:00 PM
It is really really sad that a whole country as bigger as Nigeria just sat so unconcerned for this boyscout grow and have now become a whole military team.I rem

by: A.Isah from: Nigeria
May 26, 2014 4:36 PM
Thanks,Cameroon and Chad and all nations out to help Nigeria at such a time like this.This is just the way to curb these type of menace in Africa bearing in mind that the worst enemy to fight in life is the enemy within.

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
May 26, 2014 12:40 PM
Good work Cameroon and Chad. Well done. But I have to say that the problem with Nigeria's fight against terror is Nigeria itself, not its neighbors, even if they are collaborating with the enemy. However, having gotten these border or boundary supports, Nigeria should have no more excuses to say boko haram escaped while being pursued by the Nigerian forces. Yet there still shootings and burnings of villages with reckless abandon, and there is no news of a chase anymore. Goes to prove that the problem is totally internal - the mention of the borders was just diversionary. But it is a shame for the so-called giant of Africa to be defeated by mere militancy to the point of inviting a coalition of international forces to help solve a simple internal problem. It points to a total lack of political goodwill to truly lead the country by the politicians.

The proponents, sponsors and insider operatives of boko haram in the country and the army have so weakened the Nigerian military that it looks likes an ordinary boyscout association operating with mere batons not guns. Now we have armies from Europe, Asia, Middle East and America fighting boko haram from inside and outside the shores of the country; we have Cameroon and Chad helming the borders in the north and east. What is the work of the Nigerian army? Has Nigeria become pulp because of politicking, thus making the army of no consequence even to withstand ordinary internal squabbles with mad politicians who must destroy the country if they are not allowed to rule?

Has the country gone bananas under a president that is unable to stand up to the security needs of the country but must remain in office just so that his tenure is fully utilized for himself and his tribe? This is trying times for Nigeria - not a time to be proud as a Nigerian. Nothing works - no electricity, politicians are in the game for personal gains only, there is no security for the ordinary citizens, no justice, now add kidnapping of schoolgirls, bombings everyday, shootings by insurgents and even cattle rearers, and a non-existent government from the federal to the states to the local governments. It's a hopeless and frustrating situation!

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