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Central races to assist W’Africa



In the wake of insurgency activities, and the Ebola disease virus that recently hit the West African sub region, leaders of the Central African countries have extended a hand of help to assist in tackling the menaces.
The leaders, under the aegis of the Economic Community of Central African Countries (ECCAC) Monday resolved to cooperate with their West African counterparts in the war against the ravaging insurgents, Boko Haram.
A multi-regional force made up of troops from Niger, Cameroun and Chad, have collaborated in recent times in the battle to exterminate the Boko Haram insurgency terrorising the region.
President Denis Sassou N’Guesso of the Republic of Congo and his Republic of Equatorial Guinea counterpart, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, were all in Abuja, Nigeria on Monday and held a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, where insurgency and Ebola topped the agenda.
This is as the troops battling the terrorists in the North-east are recording increased successes with the arrest of a terrorist who disguised as a woman and nestled himself among the people returning to the recovered communities.
Briefing State House correspondents after the Abuja meeting, N’Guesso said Africa was facing the twin challenge of Boko Haram and Ebola.
He said the ECCAC leadership was committed to tackling the menace
N’Guesso added that they would head to Accra, Ghana, to meet with President John Mahama, who is the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
“We will study the situation together and put in place security architecture to see how we can coordinate all our actions to put out and eradicate the Boko Haram, which has been spreading in a very grave manner. We look forward to peace, security and development in Africa,” he noted.
He expressed the hope that they would collectively utilise all political, military and diplomatic actions and mobilise all efforts on all fronts to defeat and eradicate Boko Haram.
He congratulated President Jonathan for the success recorded by the military in the fight against the insurgents.
In the same vein, the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ashrat Salama, has called on Nigeria and the Africa Union (AU) to collaborate against the terrorist group, Islamic State and ensure the establishment of a multi-national force against it.
This, he said, is necessary to ensure that the terrorist group does not spread on the continent.

– Ripples

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