PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to building the multinational task force to fight Boko Haram in partnership with neighbouring countries.

The taskforce is in collaboration with Benin Republic Cameroon, Chad and Niger and under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

“I reaffirmed to (United States) Secretary (John) Kerry that Nigeria is strongly committed to building the multinational task force to fight Boko Haram in partnership with Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin Republic under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission. I called publicly for such a regional approach at the African Leaders’ Summit in Paris in May 2014,” Jonathan said.

He met Kerry at the weekend.

The meeting followed escalating terror perpetrated by the Islamic militant Boko Haram sect.

More than 2 000 have been killed this year alone.

The President added that security forces have been working tirelessly and courageously to achieve this goal.

“We are pleased that the international community is now strongly united behind this initiative and agree that its success is critical. It is equally important that the multinational force receives the significant support that is required to address the threat through our global partners.”

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