UN, EU task Buratai to stop the spread of Boko Haram

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff

The United Nations and the European Union Special Representatives to West Africa and the Lake Chad Basin Commission has urged Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, to stop the spread of Boko Haram insurgents.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the UN Special Representative, and Angel Lusada, the EU Special Representative, who met with Buratai in Abuja on Wednesday at the Nigerian Army Headquarters expressed their readiness to work with the army against terrorism in the North-East.

“One area of interest is the ongoing efforts to checkmate Boko Haram and stop its spread because of its affiliation to international terror groups. That is why it is incumbent on us all that we must see the fight against Boko Haram as a fight against international terrorism,” Chambas, the UN representative, said.

“We are all concerned and we believe that Boko Haram is a fight that we can win. That is why we are specially applauding the efforts of the army in dealing with the menace.

“We welcome the establishment of the Lake Chad Governors’ Forum which had its inaugural meeting in Maiduguri last year. We believe it is part of a holistic approach which will focus on the root causes of insurgency.”

Also, Lusada, the EU Representative, noted that; “there are many initiatives taking place and new ones coming up and this involves funding, but we want coordination. The crisis has become regional and can only be solved with regional partnerships. That is why we are meeting with stakeholders,” the EU chief said.

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