The President of Chad Republic, Marshal Idris Deby Itno, yesterday, decried terrorism in the continent, stating that the crusade against the menace in the Lake Chad Basin and the Sahel region of Africa has not been adequate.
President Itno was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on a one-day official visit, during which he held bilateral discussions with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fielding questions from newsman after the meeting with the Nigerian President, Itno said that the four countries sharing the Lake Chad Basin had put together a formidable military formation, the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), to stamp out terrorism in the region, but lamented that the formation had not been carrying out enough required operations.
According to him, he discussed the situation at the MNJTF with President Buhari, saying a situation where the joint military outfit embarks on just one operation in a whole year had made the fight difficult and defeating the terrorists rather impossible.
Nevertheless, he expressed confidence that with the new strategies being deployed and new officers with fresh ideas being assigned to take over commands at both national and regional levels, the defeat of the various terror groups, including Boko Haram and the Islamic State, West African Province (ISWAP), would be addressed permanently.
“However, with the new security apparatus that has been put in place with the new security chiefs and not only in Nigeria but even on the Multinational Joint Task Force itself, which also has new leadership, we’re hopeful now that with new strategies and dynamism, we’ll be able to address definitively the issue of Boko Haram.