New African force will defeat Boko Haram: Nigerian Prez
July 23, Abuja: President of Nigerian Muhammadu Buhari has said that Boko Haram would be defeated by a new African force within 18 months as the World Bank said $2.1 billion in loans could be made available to rebuild areas devastated by the militants.
Buhari said in an interview with the Associated Press that the militants would be routed with the help of troops from Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Niger as part of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, which Buhari said would be ready to launch operations at the end of the month.
Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency has killed more than 13,000 people since 2009 and displaced an estimated 1.5 million others.
Boko Haram, in March, declared allegiance to the Islamic State group and Buhari has said it also has links with Islamist militants in northern Mali.
But he conceded that Nigerian authorities lack any new information about the hundreds of schoolgirls still missing after a mass kidnapping in the northern town of Chibok in April, 2014. Dozens of schoolgirls escaped in the days after the abduction but the 219 still remain missing.
The Oslo Times