AU Approves 7500 troops to fight Boko Haram

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There seems to be hope around the corner for ending the menace of Boko Haram in the country and its environs as the African Union has given approval to a 7500 man Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF). This was made known to reporters by the Commissioner of African Union’s Peace and Security Council, Smail Chergui.

“The next step is to submit to the United Nations Security Council,” Chergui said.

The five countries directly affected by Boko Haram namely Nigeria, Cameroun, Niger, Chad and Benin have agreed to contribute a battalion based within its borders. According to Reuters, operations will however be coordinated from Chad’s capital, N’Djamena.

It is estimated that over 13000 people have lost their lives to Boko Haram’s campaign.

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