by Laila Ibrahim
The armies of Nigeria and Cameroon will hold a bilateral defence meeting at the Defence Headquarters on Wednesday, 15 October, in Abuja.
The information was announced by the Director Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade.
General Olukolade said, “In furtherance of various international contacts by Nigeria in the efforts to stamp out the scourge of terrorism in the sub-region, a bilateral defence meeting between Nigeria and Cameroun is scheduled to commence on Wednesday at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.”
The meeting which will run for three days will be hosted by Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, and will have in attendance Cameroon’s Chief of Defence staff, and the country’s military delegation.
According to Olukolade’s, “The forum which is a follow-up to previous international and regional meetings to foster a common ground in the fight against insurgency and terrorism is to fashion out ways of strengthening the existing working relationship and cooperation between the two Armed Forces in the war against terror in the West African sub-region.”
“The bilateral talk is expected to advance the collaboration to contain the activities of terrorists in the two countries through coordinated military operations along the borders,” the statement read.
Earlier in the week, foreign ministers of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin Republic held a parley to discuss the appropriate legal framework for cross border military operations against the Boko Haram terrorists in the region.