Dlamini-Zuma calls for African unity against Boko Haram

By Drum Digital
22 January 2015

Defeating Nigeria's "dastardly" Boko Haram insurgents requires support from across the continent, African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma warned.

Defeating Nigeria's "dastardly" Boko Haram insurgents requires support from across the continent, African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma warned yesterday.

"Boko Haram is a threat not only to Nigeria and the region, but also to the continent as a whole," she said. "The situation calls for renewed collective African efforts."

Dlamini-Zuma issued a "strong condemnation of the cowardly and dastardly attacks carried out by Boko Haram".

Her comments followed a regional summit in Niger that discussed how to stop the militants, whose insurgency has killed 13000 people and forced 1.5 million from their homes since 2009.

Regional leaders would meet again on the sidelines of the AU summit at the end of month "to urge enhanced international support", Dlamini-Zuma added.

She praised Chad's deployment of troops and 400 military vehicles into neighbouring Cameroon at the weekend to fight Boko Haram.

AFP

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