Abuja – President Goodluck Jonathan has called
for greater cooperation between Nigeria and its
neighbouring countries in the fight against
The President made the call on Friday in Abuja
when he received a special message from
Cameroonian President, Paul Biya, delivered by

Biya’s Special Envoy, Emmanuel Sadi Rene.
A statement issued by Dr Reuben Abati, the
Special Adviser to the President on Media and
Publicity, quoted Jonathan as saying that the
Boko Haram and other criminal groups that
operate in the border must be seen as common
threats to the region.
The President said Nigeria and its neighbours
must take urgent action to harmonise their
strategies and efforts to roll-back the menace of
Boko Haram and other violent criminal gangs
that operate along the borders.
“The issue of Boko Haram remains worrisome. If
it is not properly handled, it could affect the
security of neighbouring countries. We therefore
expect maximum cooperation from all countries
within our region to rout the sect,” President
Jonathan added.
Rene, who is Cameroon’s Minister of Interior,
assured Jonathan of his country’s commitment
to fully cooperate with Nigeria to combat all
forms of terrorism and cross-border criminality
as he delivered Biya’s message.
He also assured the President that the
Cameroonian government would never allow its
territory to become a safe haven for terrorists or
a base for destabilisation of Nigeria.