Addis Ababa — The collaboration of all Africans is necessary to fight Boko Haram which has been viciously attacking West Africa and Nigeria in particular, the African Union said.
The successes that have been registered in the fight against Al-Shabaab in Somalia under the umbrella of AMISOM are useful experiences to fight Boko Haram, it was observed.
AU Peace and Security Council Director, El Ghassim Wane, told ENA that Boko Haram has not restricted itself to attracking West Africa bu has become a threat to the continent.
“All Africans should therefore work together to fight Boko Haram which has become a continental threat by perpetuating terroristic acts against innocent citizens,” the director noted. The Union is working in collaboration with regional countries to provide technical, material and financial support for the army that would be deployed in the area, he indicated.
The recent resolution passed by the 24th Summit of African Leaders to deploy 7500 soldiers to challenge Boko Haram demonstrates the commitment of member countries, according to Wane.The director further expressed his hope that the United Nations Security Council would soon recognize the effort officially.
Wane said boosting anti-terrorist prevention capabilities continentally, regionally and nationally by learning from the experiences in the fight against terrorism is essential.
In this respect, the successes attained by AMISOM, including Ethiopia, in the fight against Al-Shabaab is a good experience for West Africa.
Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Peter Iso Iyamabo, said on his parts Boko Haram has been inflicting destruction and havoc not only against Nigeria but also West Africa. Realizing the immensity of the problem, the Nigerian government has launched extensive campaign to stop the attack of Boko Haram in collaboration with neighboring countries, the ambassador added. Iyamabo appreciated the fast response of African Union and members countries to mobilize troops that will be deployed to the front.
Boko Haram which was until recently considered a threat to only Nigeria by even neighboring countries has now become a threat not only to the security of the region but also to the continent as it was left unchecked, he stressed.
Niger’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Diallo Amina Jibo, said her government is ready to contribute to the fight against Boko Haram.
The decision of the AU to deploy 7500 troops was a response to the initiative of Niger, Nigeria and Chad to fight Boko Haram in a coordinated manner, the ambassador stated.
Ambassador Jibo said, “You don’t have to invent if there is a success story in one phase. We have to take this success story to implement the same thing. We know that there are important things which are being done in Somalia; and we think we are following, we are taking lesson and I think it will be important to our region.”
Boko Haram has so far killed 13,000 civilians, it was learned.
The group was listed as a terrorist group by the African Union and the United Nations in 2009.