World Bulletin / News Desk
Nigeria and its neighbours agreed on Thursday to set up a joint military force to counter Boko Haram, a sign of President Muhammadu Buhari's intent to crush the armed group early in his tenure.
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Nigeria pledges $100 million to form a regional force against Boko Haram.
At a one-day summit at Abuja airport, the 72-year-old former military ruler, welcomed the leaders of Chad and Niger, and the defence minister of Cameroon.
A statement afterwards said the joint force, based in the Chad capital Ndjamena, would be up and running by July 30 with a permanent Nigerian leader, a concession to Buhari's opposition to rotating commanders.
Changing the force's leadership would hamper "the military capacity to sustain the push against the insurgents, who also have the uncanny ability to adapt and rejig their operational strategies," Buhari said before the meeting.
Buhari’s comments followed his meeting with the presidents of Chad, Niger, Benin and the defence minister of Cameroon in Abuja.
In his two weeks since assuming office, Buhari has focused on little else, travelling to Niger and Chad and shifting the military command centre from Abuja to Maiduguri, the capital of northeast Borno state.Last Mod: 12 Haziran 2015, 13:02