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Buhari To Host Lake Chad Security Summit




President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday disclosed that he will be hosting leaders of the Lake Chad Basin Commission to a Security Summit on June 12 in Abuja.

He made this known during a meeting with Chad President, Idris Deby in Makkah Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement said the summit is to come up with new strategies to bring to a permanent end, the Boko Haram terrorism being faced by the countries of the Lake Chad region.

“This is to achieve a sustained operation, to continue until the threat is brought to a permanent closure”.

“The Nigerian leader noted that now that election was over and he was now back in full force, it was time for “a new way forward that removes completely’’ the threat of terrorism from the Lake Chad sub-region.

“The two leaders shared information on the oncoming rainy season and challenges that it posed for the ongoing military operations. They agreed on the need for urgent operational measures before that time.

“They also talked about how the meeting in Abuja should respond to the infiltration through Libya of the displaced elements of the Daesh, which is an acronym of ISIL’s Arabic name al-Dawlah al-Islamīyah fī l-ʻIrāq wa-sh-Shām into the Lake Chad area,’’ the presidential aide added.