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Cameroon, Chad Finalize Boko Haram Security Talks

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan (C) answers questions with Cameroon President Paul Biya (L) and his French counterpart Francois Hollande during a press conference ending the "Paris Summit for Security in Nigeria," Paris, France, May 17, 2014.
Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan (C) answers questions with Cameroon President Paul Biya (L) and his French counterpart Francois Hollande during a press conference ending the "Paris Summit for Security in Nigeria," Paris, France, May 17, 2014.
The presidents of Cameroon and Chad on Friday concluded two days of meetings during which they fine-tuned plans and reiterated commitments to a declaration of war on Nigeria-based Boko Haram militants made in Paris last week.

Addressing a crowd of applauding Chadians and Cameroonians, both presidents vowed cooperation in efforts to monitor and protect the region from violence perpetrated by the Islamist radicals.

"The public enemy Boko Haram has remained a permanent threat to peace and security," Cameroonian President Paul Biya said. "As far as I am concerned, we are to organize with Chad information sharing, joint patrols and information exchange and other surveillance mechanisms because it is a thing we cannot allow to continue."

Chadian President Idriss Deby called Boko Haram an evil force that must be eradicated.

"All Muslims in the world should listen to me: Kidnapping children is not Islam; killing innocent citizens is not Islam," Deby said. "Cameroon and Chad will work together to stop all evil forces. All Muslims should unite effort and fight these obscure people."

Both leaders asked the population to cooperate with their national security forces in reporting suspects.

Frederick Ayangma, a resident of North Cameroon province, where Boko Haram has been operating, told VOA it will be difficult to convince people to report suspects because of personal security fears.

"People are reticent because they do not have confidence in the security forces," he said. "If you have a neighbor and think that he can be part of criminal or terrorist group, you are not sure that when you give the information to the police, they will protect you. At times even when the name of the informant is not given, and the police go ahead to say that the information was given by a neighbor, the suspect starts attacking his neighbors saying that he has been betrayed by them."

According to Nyambelle Elvis, a Chadian expert on security issues, Biya and Deby on Thursday agreed to allow the other's security forces to cross borders in pursuit of terrorists and armed groups for up to 30 kilometers. Elvis also said the president's examined security reports that Boko Haram received sophisticated weapons from the Middle East and the Maghreb via routes through Sudan, Chad, and Cameroon.

He said weapons also came in from Libya and that training of Boko Haram members took place in Mali when Islamist militants controlled the north of that country.

The presidents met as the United States deployed 80 military personnel to Chad, where they will aid in the search for 276 Nigerian schoolgirls seized by Boko Haram.

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by: Euritac from: South Africa
May 28, 2014 1:07 PM
Africa raise your voice . Where are u Africa help these abudcted girls. United nations make plan to resuce teenger girls those who no nothing


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
May 24, 2014 2:26 PM
Yeah, much hope. Much ado about nothing. Is Nigeria really in the fight against boko haram? What I see is a government that is badly divided between egos and chances - South wants continued mediocrity because it is their chance to rule; the north wants continued destabilizing pressure because it is their birthright to rule. It is the Nigerian masses that suffer the lot. When one listens to the northern people's position paper to the on-going national conference, one will not need a soothsayer to show where boko haram is funded from. It is only the Middle Belt that appears neutral is the discourse. It goes to show that some elements of our people do not believe in Nigeria except in their own terms only. Thus will the multinational forces amassing in Niger, Chad and Cameroon not be of any effect when the segment of the Nigerian polity has vowed its failure unless they become the president of the country. Fortunately or otherwise, it is once again islam that is used to do the dirty job - sharia - showing the religion in very bad light. Be that as it may, islam once again proves what it is - a messenger of death. Now, do the boko haram operatives not have conscience? Is it just because the religion has a noose around the neck of its adherents wherein a desire to leave is suicidal - where the line between love and hate is as thin as a film of water; where parents kill their own children for asking question why the religion is anchored on wickedness - is it because those inside do not know the way out of it so that they are trapped that boko haram thinbks it can operate with impunity and attract no repercussion - even shame - to the religion? Boko haram and its sponsors are just a bunch of fools. While boko haram has succeeded in revealing to Nigerians the weakness of its non-existent government, it has also confirmed to the rest of us how inhuman and disastrous it to be called a muslim - it simply shows one as a potential flesh eater! If only the non-existent government in the country had taken up the matter with Iran and not allow it get away with the several times it has sent lorry loads of arms into the country! The government that knows who are the mentors and financiers of boko haram and continues to play games! But worse still, the boko haram itself which is a disgrace to humanity and exposes islam to what it is - public disgrace.

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