Boko Haram’s link with Al-Qaeda has been established – Pres. Hollande

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by Akan Ido

President Goodluck Jonathan and his French counterpart, Francois Hollande has linked the Boko Haram Islamic militant sect with Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda terrorist group.

While speaking at the end of the African Regional Summit in Paris, Jonathan told newsmen that the Islamic sect operating in Northern Nigeria is far different from that which emerged years ago expressing its opposition to Western education.

Jonathan said Boko Haram is “clearly” linked to Al-Qaeda.

“The Boko Haram that said no to Western education in 2002 is not the same Boko Haram operating today,” he said.

President Jonathan used the occasion to assure the world that everything possible will be done to rescue the over 230 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok just over a month ago.

He announced that over 20,000 troops are in the affected area making efforts to rescue the missing girls.

While speaking on the precarious security situation in the West African region, President Hollande also stated that Boko Haram had “established links” to Al-Qaeda and urged countries in the region to devise a common strategy to combat its threat.

Speaking at a summit meeting in Paris with Nigeria and neighbouring countries, Hollande said: “Boko Haram has become a major threat for all of West Africa and now for central Africa. Its links to AQMI (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) and other terrorist organisations have been established.”

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau had recently released a video showing the girls, he boasted that the abducted schoolgirls have been converted to Islam and they would be sold by him.

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  1. We all believers sud pray on behalf of our country Nigeria. Let dear b peace I n our nation

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