The second edition of the Regional Security Summit saw regional and western powers gather at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja to address the threat of Boko Haram to African security and its ties to Islamic State group.
In attendance were heads of states including President of France, Francois Hollande, Patrice Talon of Benin, Cameroon’s Paul Biya, IdrissDeby of Chad, Togo’s Faure Gnassingbé, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, among others.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, US Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Phillip Hammond, were also present at the behest of President Buhari.
The summit aims at enhancing the operations of troops against the Boko Haram Terrorists, developing and implementing an action plan for the infrastructural development of those affected by the terrorists, and rededicating efforts towards the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls.
French President Francois Hollande told reporters after meeting with Buhari that “impressive” gains had been made against the Islamists by greater cooperation.
He however warned, “This terrorist group nevertheless remains a threat.”
Troopsfrom Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger,will make up a new regional force against Boko Haram, which has been pushed to northeast Nigeria’s borders around Lake Chad.
The 8,500-member force, which has African Union backing and is based in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena under a Nigerian general, was supposed to have deployed last July.
See photos from the summit below!
President Muhammadu Buhari (2nd R), introducing members of his cabinet to the visiting French President, Francois Hollande (R) at the Presidential Villa
President Muhammadu Buhari; President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic; President Idriss Deby of Chad; President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger And President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna; Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and President of African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina
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