In addition to several international contacts made by the federal government in the efforts to uproot the menace of terrorism in the sub-region, a bilateral defence meeting between Nigeria and Cameroun has been arranged to start on Wednesday at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
The three-day meeting which is being hosted by Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, an Air Chief Marshal, will be attended by a Cameroonian military delegation, including defence staff
The meeting, which is sequel to previous international and regional talks held by African leaders to adopt a strategy in the fight against terrorism, is to fashion out ways of solidifying the existing working relationship and cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries in the war against insurgency in the West African sub-region.
The bilateral talks are expected to strengthen the ties between the two countries to curb the activities of extremists in the sub-region through harmonized military operations along the borders.
The meeting between the military chiefs is coming a week after the extraordinary summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission held on October 7, in Niamey, capital of Niger Republic, where it was decided that a regional force put in place to counter the Boko Haram Islamic sect in the region should begin operations in November.
The countries at that leaders’ talks included Nigeria, Chad, Cameroun, Niger and Benin Republic and agreed to speed up the establishment of a headquarters for the regional force and the deployment of military battalions at each country’s border by November 1.
Also, in July, Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon had all pledged 700 soldiers to establish a multi-national force to fight the Nigeria-based insurgents, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people since its upsurge in 2009.
The terrorists are believed to be in control of more than two dozen towns and villages in northeastern Nigeria.
The Nigerian military in its efforts to stamp out the menace of terrorism has however met stiff resistance in a bid to retake all lost territories as part of an offensive launched several months ago.