THE African Union has called for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the dominance Islamist extremist group.
The Union said after its Peace and Security Council met later Thursday that “Boko Haram’s horrendous abuses, unspeakable cruelty, total disregard for human lives, and wanton destruction of property are unmatched.”
The meeting was ahead of Friday’s full summit meeting.
AU Commission Chief, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said after Thursday’s meeting at AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, it was decided that “no efforts should be spared” to defeat the fighters.
“Accordingly, it is recommended that the countries of the region be authorised to increase the strength of the MNJTF to up to 7,500,” she added, after the meeting at AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, where the two-day annual summit of the 54-nation bloc opens Friday, she said.
Dlamini-Zuma stressedthat she was concerned about Boko Haram’s activities in Nigeria.
“I am deeply concerned by the prevailing situation as a result of Boko Haram terrorist activities, including the recent escalation of violence witnessed on the ground,” Dlamini-Zuma added.
“The continued attacks in northeastern Nigeria and the increasing attacks in the Lake Chad Basin, along the border with Chad and Cameroon, and in the northern provinces of that country, have the potential of destabilising the entire region, with far-reaching security and humanitarian consequences.