ABUJA, May 17,
(Xinhua/GNA) - The Lake Chad Basin is no longer a safe haven for terror group
Boko Haram, as joint military efforts by countries in the region have yielded
good results so far, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, has said.
led vigorous military campaigns against the terrorists by re-organizing the
multinational joint task force which had dislodged them," Buhari,
represented by Nigeria's minister of interior Abdulrahman Dambazzau, said at
the closing of the 16th Annual General Meeting of West African Police Chiefs
Committee and Meeting of the Forum of Ministers in charge of Security in Abuja.
He said in the
past four years, Nigeria, working with regional and international allies, had
taken drastic measures and spared no effort in the fight against Boko Haram.
president urged the regional security chiefs to share their experiences,
re-assess and harmonize crime control and operations in their various countries
to see the end of the terror group.
He said the
insecurity posed by corruption, terrorism, communal clashes, and kidnap for
ransom, organized crimes, among others, were some vices threatening the
region's peace, progress, integration, and development.
attributed the vulnerability of the region to criminal activities and other
threats to peace and security to the vast borders and proximity to the Sahel.
attendance at the Abuja meeting included Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Benin, Cote
d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal,
Sierra Leone and Togo.
meeting was aimed at addressing transnational crimes, especially terrorism,
violent extremism, kidnapping, illicit circulation of small arms and light
weapons, human trafficking, maritime security, herders and farmers' conflict,