Leaders of Central and West African states will hold a summit on April 8, 2015 to draw up a joint strategy against the threat posed by Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgents, the organisers said on Sunday.
It would be the first meeting of its kind since Nigeria’s presidential election a week ago which was won by Muhammadu Buhari, a former military leader who has vowed to rid the country of terrorists.
A regional coalition involving troops from Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon had been waging war against Boko Haram insurgents who have spread attacks across Nigeria’s borders.
The meeting which is to be held in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, is being jointly organised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
It was not immediately clear if Buhari would be attending as he would not be sworn in as president to succeed incumbent Goodluck Jonathan until May 29.
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