Niger and Chad, remain our allies in battling insurgency – Badeh

By Post Nigeria January 7, 2015 10:01

Niger and Chad, remain our allies in battling insurgency – Badeh

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall, Alex Badeh, has revealed that Niger and Chad republics are still part of the multinational force fighting insurgency in the North East despite withdrawing their troops from Baga in Borno.

Badeh made this statement in Abuja on Tuesday, after a meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan with service chiefs, governors and members of the National Assembly from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa over the security challenges in the area.

Sources confirm that the Chief of Staff, however, confirmed that the two countries had withdrawn their troops from Baga in Borno.

‘‘They (Niger and Chad) have not pulled out of the multinational force because we have held several meetings; they are still part of the force.” Badeh said before adding ‘‘what has been happening is that they have not contributed troops to the point of Baga.”

‘‘Chad has people on their own side but I believe they have withdrawn. Niger had people with us, they too withdrew and left Nigeria only at the multinational force headquarters.’’

Badeh however gave the assurance that the army would overcome the challenges of insurgency in the country, adding that collaboration with the security agencies in Chad, Niger and Cameroun to check the activities of the insurgents is necessary.

Badeh noted that the call for the closure of borders between Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria would be a difficult task due to the porous nature of the border areas.

He however said that the military is committed to crushing the Boko Haram menace in the country.