A new initiative against the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, is in the works as the Brotish government will next week host an international meeting to discuss measures against the insurgents.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague will host an international ministerial meeting in London on June 12 to discuss security in northern Nigeria and co-ordinate international efforts to tackle Boko Haram.
“The appalling abduction of the Nigerian school girls underlines the dreadful risk posed to women and girls in conflict and why we are mobilising the world to tackle sexual violence in conflict,’’ Hague said in a statement.
The meeting will be held in the margins of the World Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict.
The summit is to be hosted by Hague and American actress Angelina Jolie in London from June 10 to 13.
The gathering will attract leaders from Nigeria, Benin, Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Britain, the U.S., France, Canada and the European Union to talk about co-ordinated efforts necessary to defeat Boko Haram.
Boko Haram, a radical sect seeking to enforce the Islamic Sharia law in the Constitution of Nigeria, had been behind deadly attacks in the country since 2009.
The sect recently claimed responsibility for the mid-April abduction of more than 200 school girls in the north-eastern state of Borno.
“Since the appalling abductions of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok by Boko Haram, the international community has worked together closely to support Nigeria in the fight against terrorism,’’ Hague said.
The foreign secretary said Britain and Nigeria had reached agreements on intelligence sharing, co-ordinated border patrols and wider action.
This also includes supporting the victims of sexual violence and the empowerment of women and girls.
“The London Ministerial Meeting on Security in Northern Nigeria will build on these agreements and consider further options to combat terrorism in Northern Nigeria.
“This shows the determination of those in the region, with the support of the international community, to defeat Boko Haram,’’ he added