Chiefs of defence staff from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin met in Abuja on Tuesday to determine strategies for a new, African Union-backed regional force against the Boko Haram terrorist group.
The long-awaited Multi-National Joint Task Force, which was due to have been operational in November, has its headquarters in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, under a senior Nigerian officer.
In the meantime, troops from Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon have been fighting Boko Haram insurgents in northeast Nigeria for several months and have claimed a series of successes.
The Nigerian military announced on Monday evening that the chiefs of defence staff meeting was being held in preparation for talks between heads of state and government of all five countries.
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