Yaoundé, Cameroon (Face2Face Africa) Republic of Cameroon President Paul Biya (pictured right) and Chad President Idriss Derby Itno (pictured) have both taken a firm and unilateral stance to combat the very deadly activities of the Nigerian Islamic extremist sect Boko Haram.
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Since both countries share a common border with the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the two heads of state arrived at the resolution in Yaoundé, following a two-day working and friendly visit that Derby paid to Cameroon.
During the tete-a-tete that was held at Cameroon’s state house, the Unity Palace, both presidents took a non-negotiable stance that stated that neither Cameroon nor Chad will rest until the perpetrators of terror are fished out of their very last hideout. In addition, both presidents discussed the possibilities of joined border patrols, key information, and intelligence sharing to stamp out Boko Haram’s activities on their borders.
The Yaoundé meeting also gave Biya and Derby the opportunity to underscore that — counter to what Boko Haram is peddling — Islam neither tolerates the abduction of girl children nor forbids them from attending western-style education nor promotes the senseless killing of innocent people.
It is therefore a challenge, according to both leaders, for the Islamic world to fight the global crusade against Boko Haram and its obnoxious philosophy, which is posing a common threat to peace and security in the West and Central Africa sub-regions.
The joint commitment taken last Thursday by Biya and Derby came just five days after a similar meeting on security in Nigeria that was held in Paris and convened by French President Françoise Holland during which the five attending heads of state from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, Benin, and Niger made a joint decision to work together to put a stop to Boko Haram’s activities on their respective borders.