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Buhari to host Lake Chad security summit 


President Muhammadu Buhari and President Idris Deby Itno of Chad held a bilateral meeting in Makkah, Saudi Arabia on the margins of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit. At the meeting, the Nigerian leader announced that an informal summit of Heads of State and Government of Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) on combating terrorism would hold on June 12, in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari will host leaders of Lake Chad Basin Commission in an informal summit on the sidelines of Democracy Day and second term inauguration celebrations on June 12, 2019, in Abuja.

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in a statement, yesterday, said the meeting would focus on bringing up new strategies to end the menace of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

Speaking at a bilateral meeting with Chad President in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, where both leaders are attending the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, Buhari said it was time for “a new way forward that completely removes the threat of terrorism from Lake Chad sub-region.”

The Nigerian and Chadian leaders agreed on the need for sub-regional leaders to sit down and agree on changing the strategy “for a more sustained operation, which will continue until the threat is brought to a permanent end.’’

Both leaders also discussed the challenge posed by rainy season to military operations against terrorism, agreeing to urgently review strategies that will bolster onslaught against insurgents.


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