Presidents John Mahama and Idriss Déby of Chad have agreed that the two blocs will clamp down on terrorist group, boko haram.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) have agreed to hold a joint summit on April 7 and 8, this year to plan a common strategy for a final onslaught against the Boko Haram terrorist group.
This was the outcome of a high-level meeting between the Chairmen of ECOWAS and ECCAS, Presidents John Dramani Mahama and Idriss Déby of Chad during which they agreed that the two blocs hold the summit to plan a final offensive against the terrorist group.
President Deby was on a day’s visit to Accra as a follow-up to last month’s meeting between President Mahama and two leaders from the Central African bloc, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea and President Dennis Sassou-N’Guesso of Congo, to discuss the Boko Haram issue.
Addressing the press after the closed-door meeting, President Mahama expressed appreciation to Chad for the tremendous role it was playing in the fight to end Boko Haram attacks.
The Chadian Army, seen as one of the best in Central Africa, has waged a number of successful battles against the Islamist group.
Mr Mahama expressed the hope that the collaboration between the two blocs would yield results.
President Deby expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the meeting because all the issues he had discussed with his host had been positive.
The ECCAS Chairman, who earlier this month reportedly stated that he knew the whereabouts of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Nigerian militant group, and consequently called on him to surrender or risk being killed, pointed out at the press briefing in Accra that it had become clear that no single country could defeat Boko Haram, a situation that called for the pooling of resources in that regard.