The president of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR summoned the Service Chiefs to an emergency security meeting over the reported killing of the Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram sect in the Nigeria-Chad border on Sunday.
A reliable source, confirmed this development to NAN in Abuja on Friday.
The delay of the pronouncement on the latest victims of Boko Haram insurgency by the Federal Government was being delayed because families of the victims were being identified and contacted.
“The President has called an urgent meeting with the Service Chiefs.
“And the families of the latest victims of the Boko Haram are being identified and contacts made before a government pronouncement on the tragic attacks.
“This, it is understood is the reason for the silence of the government over the incident,’’ the source added.
A Diplomatic sources told NAN that the Minister of Defence would be meeting his Chadian counterpart during his mission to Chad, to identify what had led to the recent increase in Boko Haram terrorism in the area.
The Diplomatic sources said: “Nigeria has a Chad problem in the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), which was put together to secure the Lake Chad Basin area and repeal the Boko Haram terrorism attacks against all the countries neighbouring the lake.’’
The sources also said, Chad is believed to have its own internal security challenges and this has reportedly led to their pulling away the troops manning their own border around Lake Chad.
“That lacuna is being exploited by the Boko Haram terrorists, who go in and out of Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon to launch terrorist acts.
The sources further said :“This is a clear illustration of the fact that terrorism is beyond national borders,”
When contacted, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said he was aware that the Defence Minister would be going to Chad, adding “I’m unaware of his mission there.’’(NAN)