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BOKO HARAM: Benin Republic to Deploy 800 Troops to Nigeria

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Neighbouring Benin Republic, has finalised modalities that will see it send 800 soldiers to assist Nigeria, in the on-going fight against the Boko Haram sect.

President of the Republic of Benin, Boni Yayi, revealed this to State house correspondents, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, on Tuesday. He said his soldiers are battle ready and awaiting deployment.

He further assured that Benin Republic would always remain on the side of Nigeria in the fight against terrorism and corruption.

In his words: “President Buhari took over the mantle of government at a time terrorism occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram is high.

“To fight terrorism, Benin is ready to send about 800 men to join the men that are already prepared to fight terrorism.

“The team is battle ready for deployment.
“The will power is there and Benin is committed to deploying the men.

“Benin will always remain on the side of Nigeria in its trying times.

“The sub-region is also going through serious problems of development.

“Fighting Boko Haram is becoming difficult because OPEC countries are going through oil crises.
“We will always stand beside Buhari in his fight against corruption.”

Responding, President Buhari said the military operation in the North East was being reduced to the remotest parts of zone.

He said for security and economic reasons, it is in Nigeria’s interest that the country is in good terms with its neighbours.

He however added that, because of Nigeria’s commitment to the course of the sub-region, it would be hosting the Economic Community of West Africa States in about nine days, assuring of a hitch-free summit.