The Chadian authorities have pleaded with Federal Government to open Nigeria- Chad border.
It said that the Chadian economic lifelines are dependent on Nigeria, hence the plea for the opening of the border.
The Chadian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Saleh Chachaimi made this appeal when he paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd).
He expressed the readiness and willingness of Chadian authorities to cooperate with Nigeria to end cross- border trafficking of weapons, as well as make chad unhabitable for the insurgents.
The Chadian diplomat assured the Minister of his cooperation towards strengthening defence bilateral arrangements and agreements with Nigeria.
Special Assistant to the Minister of Defence on Media and Publicity, Mr. Mohammad Abdulkadri provided details of the visit in a statement.
The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) told the Chadian Ambassador that now is the time and year for aggressive and collective resolve by the two countries to stop cross border crimes fueling the activities of Boko Haram Terrorists and ISWAP.
He also ordered the troops at various locations to embark on a more aggressive kinetic action against the criminal elements threatening national peace and security.
“ It is time for a more decisive and aggressive effort in ending insurgency and terrorism,” he said.
He noted that it is through effective synergy,  strategy and sincerity of purpose among the four-member nations of the Lake Chad Basin Commission that the asymmetric war against the insurgents can be concluded this year.
The Minister appreciated the fact that the Operational Headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) headed by Maj General I M Yusuf is in Njamaena but call on the troops contributing nations to show more commitment to neutralise the insurgents.
He assured the Chadian Ambassador that the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to empowering the troops to be on top of their firing powers to decisively deal with the insurgents and their cohorts.

 


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