AGENZIA GIORNALISTICA ITALIA
30 APR 2012
Chad’s President Idriss Deby Itno has proposed setting up a task-force to fight the Islamic extremist movement, Boko Haram. The president made the proposal in Libreville, Gabon at the opening of the annual meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).
“The time has come to act and we must decide today,” said the president. The LCBC was set up to monitor conservation of Lake Chad and its basin and is made up of 16 countries, including Nigeria. “Our basin,” said Deby, “is exposed to insecurity because of Boko Haram’s permanent threat. If we don’t eradicate them, we won’t be capable of saving our Lake Chad.” Among those present who signed on to the idea was Francois Bozize, president of the Central African Republic,who offered to supply troops to the multinational contingent.
Anti-terror experts have been warning for some time that Boko Haram could expand its operations well beyond Nigeria, even more should it strengthen its ties with al-Qaeda, whose presence in Africa is growing.