LCBC Presidents give July 30 deadline for troops’ deployment, approve Nigeria permanent Force Commander in mission against Boko Haram

President of Niger Republic, Mahamadou- image source koulouba

President of Niger Republic, Mahamadou- image source koulouba

The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Benin Republic ended in Abuja on Thursday with the group taking far-reaching decisions to rout the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

The decisions are contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting signed by Presidents Issoufou Mahamadou (Niger); Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria); Idriss Deby (Chad); Paul Biya (Cameroon); and Boni Yayi (Benin Republic).

The communiqué was read in French and English by the Minister of Defence of Chad, Aridjo Muhammadu and Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary, Defence, Aliyu Ismail.

At the end of their deliberations, the Heads of State and Government of LCBC and Benin Republic approved the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) Strategic and Operational and related documents of the MNJTF for the fight against Boko Haram terrorist group.

It approved the immediate deployment of the MNJTF HQ at N’Djamena (Chad) by implementing its human, logistic and financial
requirements, approved the deployment of the national contingents to the MNJTF under the operational command of the MNJTF
Commander assisted by his Joint Headquarters by 30th July 2015.

It also approved the funding of the sum of 30,000.000 dollars for the installation and equipping of the MNJTF Headquarters and the
establishment of the Executive Secretariat as the Headquarters of the Mission and the Executive Secretary of LCBC being the Head of Mission.

It Approved the nomination of the three key post of responsibility of the MNJTF HQs as Force Commander: Nigeria (Until the end of the mission), Deputy Force Commander: Cameroun (Rotational every 12 Months), Chief of Staff: Tchad (Rotational every 12 months), requests the African Union’s support to the MNJTF in its operations, logistics and general mission support by mobilizing financial support.

It resolved to seek the support of strategic partners, notably European Union, France, United Kingdom and United States of America in favour of the MNJTF, requests the President of the UN Security Council to make a declarative statement in support of MNJTF Operations against the Boko Haram terrorist group.

It also adopted the Emergency Plan for Development in the Lake Chad Basin.

The communiqué noted that deliberations focused on ‘The Security Situation in the Lake Chad Basin, the Immediate Operationalisation of the Multinational Joint Task Force and the Adoption of Emergency Development Plan.

It added that the meeting was preceded by a preparatory meeting of the Ministers of Defence, the Chiefs of Defence Staff and Heads of Security and Intelligence Services of the LCBC member States and Benin.

It said the Heads of State and Government of LCBC and Benin Republic acknowledged with satisfaction the success recorded on military operations jointly conducted in the field by the coalition of troops from Cameroun, Niger, Nigeria and Chad.

It noted that the operations significantly broke down military capability of Boko Haram terrorist group.

It added that the Commission, however, agreed on the need to keep on this drive marked by solidarity in action by taking decisive measures in order to totally curb Boko Haram insurgency.

The Heads of State and Government of LCBC and Benin further agreed on the need to support military operations with an emergency development plan in favour of vulnerable populations in the region in order to fight against the root causes of insecurity relating to poverty.

The communiqué thanked the Chaiman of the Summit, President Mohamadou Issoufou of Niger for calling the meeting and President
Muhammadu Buhari for hosting it in Nigeria.

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