While the Russian-Ukrainian conflict rages on, President Muhammadu Buhari bemoans his influence in the Sahel region of West Africa, insisting that he is exacerbating the Boko Haram crisis, particularly in the Lake Chad basin region.
The President used his inaugural address at the 16th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), held in the Conference Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to express his regret over the situation.
According to President Buhari, who chaired the summit, weapons and illegal fighters are already infiltrating the region from Russia and Ukraine, a trend noted to have led to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
Buhari raised the alarm that the situation calls for the revival of border security for the affected countries in the region.
The President also noted that although much has been done to undermine the power of the terrorist group Boko Haram and other violent extremist groups in the region, terrorist threats remain.
He said, “Let me gladly inform my dear brothers that in line with this decision, the MNF has since successfully carried out three major operations: Ops’YANCIN TAFKI (I&II) and Ops Lake Sanity I, with the fourth operation, Ops Lake Sanity II The next phase of the operation will take into account lessons learned from previous exercises and effectively consolidate the gains achieved through previous operations.”
Buhari denounces the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on taming terrorism in Nigeria