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Since The West Is Not Helping, African Union To Tackle Boko Haram Threat On Its Own

Ghana’s President John Mahama has said he and other African leaders will discuss plans next week to “deal permanently” with Boko Haram militants.

He said he wanted African Union (AU) countries to produce a “specific plan of action” for tackling the Nigeria-based Islamist group collectively.

“This has to end. We have to make this terror end,” he said.

Boko Haram has seized control of many towns and villages in north-east Nigeria in a six-year insurgency.

It has also begun threatening Nigeria’s neighbours and earlier this week launched a raid on a military base in northern Cameroon.

Mahama said: “We must find a way to act together to share information, to synchronize our strategies, to pool our resources in order to rid the entire African continent of terrorism.

“We cannot stand by silently, idly waiting for the international community to intervene on our behalf.”

He said the crisis over Boko Haram was “increasingly getting to the point where probably a regional or a multinational force is coming into consideration.”

Earlier, Cameroon said Chad was sending a large contingent of troops to help it fight incursions by Boko Haram.

It came three days after Cameroon said it had killed 143 Boko Haram militants who had attacked one of its army bases at Kolofata near the Nigerian border.

It was the first major attack on Cameroon since Boko Haram threatened the country’s leader in a video posted online earlier this month.

Boko Haram used to be viewed as Nigeria’s problem—local militants spreading chaos in one corner of a big country.

But that chaos is spreading fast. And with refugees now pouring into neighboring countries, Cameroon, Niger and Chad are promising to join forces to contain and crush Boko Haram.

So far there’s been more talk than action.

Obstacles include the usual political rivalries, funding, logistics, long borders, and the sharing of sensitive information between foreign armies.

The African Union now has a chance to play a coordinating role; it’s done so successfully in places like Somalia.

But ultimately Nigeria needs to solve this itself and its army is struggling.

A French-led initiative called for Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad to contribute 700 troops each to a multinational force against Boko Haram, but no country has taken steps to implement the plan.

Chad previously had some troops based in Baga, a Nigerian town seized by Boko Haram earlier this month, but they had been withdrawn before the attack.

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29 thoughts on “Since The West Is Not Helping, African Union To Tackle Boko Haram Threat On Its Own

  1. Rehema Yenbere says:

    Where are boko haram getting there arms…is that something to do with the west silence?

  2. Alexander Orkwoods says:

    It has nothing to do with the western world Rehema, but if you look at the whole scenario from history's perspective you would realize that Insurgents who fight government of a nation and kill it's people are product of western support. Examples are Bin laden who is a product of America, most of the weapon that Iraq and Afghanistan has are a shipment from United states and Russia. Al Qaeda terrorist group don't make high powered guns and bombs, they buy them from the black market. So if you were to ask again that where did boko haram get their ammunition from I would say that they get it from a source that is against the unity of Nigeria. I'm not going to point any finger against any country but history shows that when United states doesn't and it's allies doesn't find favor in a country of interest, they set up a secret service group that will undermine the government of the country of interest. They'll set up an opposing insurgent so that war will break out and guess what..America shows up as the angel of good to save the day..examples? Iraq and Afghan war, Libya ( The over throw of Sadam Hussein), Hatred of Robert Mugabe for not complying to western submission, Charles Taylor of Liberia, Fidel Catro of Cuba and the list goes on.

  3. actions speak louder than words…

  4. black on black crime what the hell, who, s paying these , people to kill each other?

  5. simple.. the US and the EU.. are doing this. for a reason. they have a reason. how did boko get tanks? and bombs. rifles and more..how? the US refused to sell arms to nigerian Gov… the EU did the same.. that should tell u alot..

  6. Adan Moreno says:

    Al Qaeda, ISIS, Daesh and Boko Haram have been created by the west. Anybody who doubts these facts should do his research

  7. Allen Thomas says:

    Africans need to expel the black-face, Boko Haram white devils. Everyone in Nigeria knows Boko Haram are white Europeans (mostly CIA and Tea Party Mennonites) who have been colluding with Nigerians over internet to extract millions of dollars of princely wealth from Nigeria via spam emails. Now these Boko Haram white devils want to kidnap black girls and blame Islam. Wake up everyone. It's the white man's fault.

  8. Allen Thomas says:

    Africans need to expel the black-face, Boko Haram white devils. Everyone in Nigeria knows Boko Haram are white Europeans (mostly CIA and Tea Party Mennonites) who have been colluding with Nigerians over internet to extract millions of dollars of princely wealth from Nigeria via spam emails. Now these Boko Haram white devils want to kidnap black girls and blame Islam. Wake up everyone. It's the white man's fault.

  9. Allen Thomas says:

    The white man's schemes and evils know no bounds. They lie and try to make themselves look good. Next thing you know, the white devils will find a "cure" for Ebola when we know scientists at JET and BET have already created a vaccination and cure for the virus but the police won't let them put the vaccine in the mail because the US Postal service is run by the KKK.

  10. Jeffrey Perot says:

    Don't talk about it. Get it done then hold a press conference.

  11. Allen Thomas says:

    The white man's schemes and evils know no bounds. They lie and try to make themselves look good. Next thing you know, the white devils will find a "cure" for Ebola when we know scientists at JET and BET have already created a vaccination and cure for the virus but the police won't let them put the vaccine in the mail because the US Postal service is run by the KKK.

  12. Take a Lesson from watching The Israeli Palestinian war…When ISRAEL ran out of ammunition and armaments the US re-supplied them in NANOSECOND time…Now they are posting how the Israelis are ousting African migrants from all sectors or that country.

  13. Jeffrey Perot says:

    In fact, each of those 6 or 7 heads of state would give black africa a huge boost if each of them personally led troops into battle against those cretins.

  14. Theresa 'Tammie' Parrott says:

    Where is Africom? Under the Bush admin there was an increase build up of the US military in Africa. Under the first 1st black presidents watch, it was increased.
    Why is it African countries who keep the US and her allies, NATO out of there countries, don't have the problems like Nigeria, Sudan, CAR?

    What about Goodluck Jonathan and African National Congress? Why did Jonathan voted against Palestine statehood?

    There is something else to this story and we probably won't find out what it is for another 20years.

  15. Melinda Mo says:

    You hit the nail dead on it's head!

  16. Theresa 'Tammie' Parrott says:

    To Allen Thomas: Based on your post, you either don't know the history between the US, the former colonial powers of Europe, Israel and the African continent or you are aware of the history and condone it.

    As far as I can tell ABS is about TRUTH, not BS, propaganda nonsense. You are on the wrong page.

  17. So…why is there so little condemnation of the ineptitude of the Nigerian government in dealing with boko haram? A Modest Proposal: GoodLuck Johnson's appointees pool two or three month's personal take from oil revenues, and if necessary hire mercenaries to eradicate these thugs. I find it ironic how some who(sometimes accurately) complain about the West interfering/pimping the continent no want to know 'WHY IS THE WEST IGNORING NIGERIA?'

  18. Kerry Parker says:

    Silly

  19. MR ORKWOOD YOU ARE RIGHT ON TIM

  20. Jay Contreras says:

    Allen Thomas Tongue in cheek but TRUE. Those who hate truth are the most vested in lies.

  21. Jay Contreras says:

    It doesn't take a rocket or political scientist to figure this out. In countries where most survive on $2 a day or less..you have these 'rag tag' groups of armies riding around in brand new toyotas and land cruisers brandishing high tech military equipment…but yup, they are home grown and have NO ties to the CIA–whom we KNOW is the biggest drug dealer & illegal arms dealer in the world. But nope, according to you, the theory that the 'west' ie, the white peoples, are funding and arming them, is completely preposterous. No, what's preposterous is that you actually think anybody finds you credible. That's what's preposterous.

  22. Jay Contreras says:

    No he's been assigned to the right page. Paid troll. This is where your tax $ go, black people. To spy ON YOU.

  23. Allen Thomas says:

    Jay Contreras You have nice furniture. {I just made $5.00 for posting that – woot woot!}

  24. Teronze Harris says:

    Dude, people like you really need to find consciousness.First of all, your sarcastic comments in a story that really doesn't need your input is evident.
    Reposting the same patronizing verbiage is even more asinine.

  25. Allen Thomas says:

    Teronze Harris White devils have no conscious nor do we have souls. We sold if for white privilege and Michael Jackson…ah weeehooo!

  26. Clem Barry says:

    They want the west to come in an help when they know that the west would seek compensation by occupying the country and installing a puppet government. I blame them for not being intelligent enough to control their country.

  27. Clem Barry says:

    I would not blame the whiteman. I BLAME the African leadersfor not being intelligent enough to control their country.

  28. Alvin Tatum says:

    Actually, the Boko Haram is vehemently opposed to Westernized influence. They see themselves as warring against the so called "civilized" policies of the Nigerian government. These policies have resulted in the socio-economic, political corruption that has caused widespread poverty, social inadequacies that have further fostered the widening rift among the perceived different "ethnical" groups that were historically and first artificially induced as a result of British colonial rule. The Boko Haram is different from most fundamental Islamic movements due to the fact that faith based Islam is not it's main solidifying philosophy but social and political factors drive it's existence. If unified African nations want to curtail or end the Boko Haram movement, I think a different approach other than one of force would be a better solution.

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