In the bid to win the war against terrorism and insurgency, President Goodluck Jonathan has once again met with President Idris Deby of Chad in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital on Monday.
According to a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, their meeting was hinged on intensifying joint actions aimed at curtailing terrorism in the region as well as economic cooperation.
While briefing journalists, President Jonathan confirmed that the Boko Hara sect had a lot of external influence from outside Africa and it had become more imperative for all countries in the region to work together to overcome terrorism and other criminal activities across their borders.
“If you look at the economies of Nigeria and Chad both are linked. The Boko Haram people don’t take permission to move from Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria.
“If the countries do not cooperate, we will not find it easy to win the war, because when the heat is strong in one country, the criminals and terrorists will go to another one and hide.
“So, we must work together and we are discussing along that line,” Jonathan reportedly told reporters.
He also recalled that his visit to Chad was the second in the last one month, noted that it underscored the importance of building a “robust relationship” between both countries to improve trade, economic and security ties.
He said that discussions between both countries on cooperation in the ICT sector were ongoing and expressed optimism that more proficient use of modern technology would help greatly to address economic and security challenges in the region.
Jonathan, who was accompanied on the one-day official visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, and the Director-General the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayodele Oke had returned to Abuja.