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Nigeria to lead Boko Haram force

By on June 12, 2015

Five African countries have agreed to set up a joint military force led by Nigeria to fight the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

At a one-day summit at Abuja airport, Muhammadu Buhari former military ruler, who was inaugurated just two weeks ago, welcomed the leaders of Chad and Niger, and the defence minister of Cameroon.

Most of the troops will be from Nigeria with Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin also contributing.

Chad and Cameroon have deputy commander and chief of staff posts in the force, whose mission is to crush Boko Haram.

Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds kidnapped by the group.

The decision that the force should be led by a Nigerian commander came after Mr Buhari rejected calls for leadership to rotate between the countries.

The force would be based in the Chadian capital, N’djamena, rather than Baga in northeast Nigeria.

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