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Published On: Mon, Oct 6th, 2014

Jonathan meets with neighbouring leaders over terrorism in Niger today

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President Goodluck JonathanBy Lawrence Olaoye

President Goodluck Jonathan will today undertake a one-day official visit to Niamey, capital of Niger Republic to participate in an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission over the menace of terrorism in the region.

According to a statement signed by Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr, Reuben Abati, the meeting would review ongoing collaboration against terrorism and agree on further joint action to further curb the menace and insurgency within and across their national boundaries.

It will be recalled that Jonathan and the Heads of State and Government of the neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin Republic resolved at a meeting in Paris in May this year to intensify joint efforts to curtail terrorism and violent extremism.

At the Paris Summit hosted by President Francois Hollande of France in the aftermath of the dastardly abduction of the Chibok College girls,   President Jonathan and neighbouring heads of state and government also  agreed to establish joint anti-terrorism patrols and a system of sharing  intelligence to support operations against terrorists and other cross-border criminals.

 They likewise agreed to create a dedicated team to draw up and advise on the implementation of a regional counter-terrorism strategy under the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

Benin Republic, which participated in the Paris Summit but is not a member of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, has been invited to the Niamey talks.

The Lake Chad Basin Commission was established in 1964 by Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon with the mandate of sustainably and equitably managing   shared water resources of the Lake Chad Basin and promoting regional integration, peace and security across the Basin.

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