Nigerian president to visit Chad Niger on 1st official trip

Nigerian president to visit Chad Niger on 1st official trip

first_img Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s new president will visit Chad and Niger, making the countries whose troops help fight Boko Haram a priority on his first official travels outside the country, an official said Monday.President Muhammadu Buhari will fly to Niger on Wednesday and Chad on Thursday, spokesman Garba Shehu said.Chad leads a multinational force of troops, including soldiers from Cameroon, in an offensive that this year has driven Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremists from towns and villages where it had established “an Islamic caliphate.” Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Both Chad and Niger have complained of a lack of cooperation from Nigeria, which has strained relations with all its neighbors. Battle-hardened Chadian troops have had to retake some towns from Boko Haram several times because Nigerian troops haven’t arrived to secure them.Buhari was a major general in the army in the 1980s when he drove invading Chadian troops out of Nigeria in an unresolved dispute over an oil-rich border area.Presidents Idriss Deby of Chad and Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger were both at Buhari’s inauguration on Friday.Buhari has said that having foreign troops on Nigerian soil is a “national disgrace” and he is expected to want Nigeria to lead the multinational force approved by the African Union.The force still awaits a U.N. Security Council resolution on which international funding depends. The previous Nigerian administration had argued that the U.N. intervention shouldn’t be based on Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter, which can require military enforcement, but instead on Chapter 8, which recognizes the role of regional organizations in promoting peace and security.Buhari, a former military dictator, has promised better cooperation with his neighbors and to crush Boko Haram. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Nigeria’s military has said the offensive has cut Boko Haram’s supply lines across borders and that the militants’ main fighting force is hemmed into a northeastern forest stronghold.Boko Haram fighters have returned to their old hit-and-run attacks with suicide bombings and occasionally cross-border raids continuing.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories last_img

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