By Friday Obande
President Muhammadu Buhari has convened a meeting with Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission. According to a statement by Buhari’s media aide, Femi Adesina, the meeting was convened in his capacity as Chairman of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin. It is scheduled to take place in N’Djamena, Chad, on November 29, 2018.
The one-day meeting will review the security situation in the areas affected by Boko Haram insurgency and adopt measures to enhance the capacity of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to meet the challenges of securing the areas.
The presidents of the LCBC member countries of Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and the Central African Republic have been invited to attend the meeting. The President of Benin Republic, a troops-contributing country, has also been invited to attend.
The statement noted that the MNJTF and the national operations of the affected countries have appreciably degraded the capacity of Boko Haram terrorists, although the insurgents still retain the capacity to attack isolated targets in desperate search for supplies.
Recall that despite claims by the government that the sect members have been degraded, some of the terrorists sprang a surprise attack on military personnel at Metele village in Guzamala local government area of Borno state.The insurgents overran one of the Army battalion, killing the unit’s commander and dozens of soldiers.
The development which has unsettled the federal government also elicited wide condemnation from a cross-section of Nigerians since Sunday when it occurred.