Skip to comments.African and Other Leaders Meet in Paris, Declare War on Boko Haram
Posted on 05/18/2014 10:00:11 PM PDT by deks
French President François Hollande took the lead against terrorism Saturday, May 17 in Paris, bringing together five African heads of state to adopt a regional action plan to fight against the Nigerian armed Islamist group Boko Haram.
In a joint press conference, Cameroonian President Paul Biya said, We are here to declare war on Boko Haram.
Recognizing that Boko Haram has become a major threat in Africa, the Summit participants announced a plan which includes intelligence coordination, exchange of information, the central control means, border surveillance, a military presence around Lake Chad and response capability in the event of danger.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who has been criticized for his countrys lack of a resolute response to the kidnapping of 200 girls by the Islamists more than a month ago, said that he is fully committed to finding the girls. He reported that terrorism has claimed 12,000 lives9,000 since 2009.
Chads President Idriss Deby spoke of his determination to deal with terrorists that plague the region.
Religious intolerance has no place in Africa, according to Benins President Thomas Boni Yayi. He spoke of the countries decision to pool their efforts and resources at the regional and international level.
And President Mahamadou Issoufou of Nigeria [sic - actually it's Niger] welcomed the Paris Summit as an opportunity to discuss the long-term and economic and social development of the area.
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France - François Hollande
Cameroon - Paul Biya
Nigeria - Goodluck Jonathan
Chad - Idriss Deby
Benin - Thomas Boni Yayi
Niger - Mahamadou Issoufou
Nice vacation in Paris for the African entourage.
Why could’nt they meet in Lagos or Nairobi?
Lot closer, and less carbon burning of jet fuel.
It is time — past time really — to declare war on Islam.
I looked it up. . .all five countries are former French colonies.
My thought too. I guess there are no good restaurants in Africa.
Besides, I guess the French President wants to look “presidential” to deflect from his failing socialist administration.