United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has given the much needed backing to a proposal by African Union to set up a five-nation force of 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram.
“I welcome the decision of the AU and regional countries to establish an MJTF against Boko Haram,” he told reporters in Addis Ababa at the ongoing African Union Summit.
Ban Ki-Moon continued “they have committed unspeakable brutality. Those terrorists should be addressed with a regional and international cooperation. Not a single country, even the regional countries, can handle this alone,” he said. “The United Nations is ready to fully cooperate with the African Union.”
The United Nations boss also said that military action is not the only solution. He said there “should be very careful analysis of the root causes why this kind of terrorism, and violent extremism are spreading.”