Abuja group protests at French Embassy, calls for commitment to Lake Chad basin security

Abuja group protests at French Embassy, calls for commitment to Lake Chad basin security

A group has began a protest at the French Embassy in Abuja over the security situation in the Lake Chad Basin.

The group, Coalition of Civil Society Organisation for Peace and Good Governance, berated the French government over its non-committal to Lake Chad Basin security.

The group during its protest led by the national coordinator, Jonathan Ogwuche, at the French Embassy said third party countries are the new problem in the fight to root out the last remnants of Boko Haram fighters in Borno state and environ - the entire Lake Chad Basin bordering Nigeria.

The group who defied the heavy downpour in Abuja to besiege the Embassy in their hundreds said with these third party involvement it appears Boko Haram has bounced back.

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Ogwuche said: "We said “new” because this information is resurfacing after some people earlier dismissed it as conspiracy theory in the past. But these recent reports now indicate that the activities of these third party countries must have been on possibly before the birth of Boko Haram as a terrorist group."

"France has indirectly aided Boko Haram by failing to task its allies on Nigeria’s borders - Chad, Cameroun and Niger to take action in the direction of getting rid of what is left of the Boko Haram fighters. What we have learnt is that these fighters use these countries as their new bases from where they travel to launch attacks in Nigeria and retreat back to.

"The accessional tokenism of killing a couple terrorists that go to the extreme in these countries is meant to conflate the world and create the impression that they are fully in support of Nigeria’s war on terrorism. If they were committed to not allowing Boko Haram use their lands as bases they would have regularly return the corpses of any fighters that retreat into their countries.

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"This attitude from these countries is in spite of the existing cooperation that created the Multinational Joint Military Task Force, which today exists merely in media reports as only the Nigerian military is doing the heavy lifting.

"The entire West and Central Africa would have been in serious trouble by now if not for the dedication of the Nigerian military.

"That the Nigerian military  made the progress it made against Boko Haram in the face of these concerted sabotage is something that it should be commended for globally as a shining example of how a country’s military can surmount international obstacles to defeat the enemy," he added.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that few hours after Boko Haram raided Gudumbali, a border town around the Lake Chad, the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai and his air force counterpart, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and other military chiefs, held a crucial meeting in Maiduguri, Borno state.

A military source disclosed that the meeting was centered on the Boko Haram attack at Gudumbali, headquarters of Guzamala local government area of the state.

It was learnt that the insurgents came with high calibre weapons, firing into the town and attacked the military base, the sources disclosed.

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