Nigeria – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has requested a quick release of $21 million (4.2 billion Naira) to the coalition forces fighting Boko Haram. Muhammadu Buhari said Sunday the large sum of the money will be released within a week to the Multinational Joint Task Force, which comprises of troops from Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon, as reported by local media reports.
Nigeria had pledged a sum of $100 million (19.9 billion Naira) to fight the militant group. Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency has plagued Northern Nigeria for the past six years. More than 15,000 people have been killed, and almost 1.5 million others have been missing in Nigeria since 2009.
Muhammadu Buhari said now is the right time to put an end to Boko Haram and other regional crisis happening in the country for the last five years, Nigerian newspaper Premium Times reported.
“Our continent is immersed with conflict of different forms. They include the disasters in Burkina Faso, Mali, Libya, Central African Republic, South Sudan and all more recently the last one happening in Burundi,” Buhari said while leading the Peace Security Council meeting at the on-going 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg. “As you aware in 2013 during our 50th anniversary celebration of our union, we as African leaders devoted ourselves to the goal of silencing the local guns in Africa by 2020.”
The Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari , who was inaugurated a month ago, also approached fellow African leaders at the Summit to stop “bickering among themselves” and put the interest of their countries and people over their own.
Buhari mourned the fighting in South Sudan, a young nation that fallen into crisis in 2013, when President Salva Kiir sacked his deputy Riek Machar, and also the situation in Burundi, where agony and instability emitted in the focus of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s push for re-election.
“We must change the face of Africa, we must give hope to the hopeless,” Buhari said Sunday. “The time to do such is now as we move forward the much anticipated 2020 to deliver a continent that finds a sense of peace with itself, prosperous, a worldwide partner and a democratic showcase.”