(AA) – An extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of Central African States on Monday pledged 50 billion African francs (roughly $86 million) in assistance to both Cameroon and Chad in their fight against the militant Boko Haram group, an official source has said.
“The funds will be used for armaments and logistics and for supporting the two countries in their war on Boko Haram,” the source, who requested anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.
The summit was opened in Cameroonian capital Yaounde earlier Monday with the aim of designing a strategy to uproot Boko Haram.
Addressing the event, Chadian President Idriss Deby said that Boko Haram would be uprooted from Central Africa.
“Boko Haram has to understand that war is like fire,” he said. “When this fire spreads, it first burns those who sparked it.”
Heads of state who attended the summit included Catherine Samba of the Central African Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzavile, Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, and Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea.
For the last six years, Boko Haram has waged a deadly insurgency in Nigeria’s northeastern region, leaving thousands dead.
In recent months, Boko Haram has mounted deadly attacks in Nigeria’s neighbors – including Niger, Cameroon and Chad – prompting the latter to launch a joint counterterrorism campaign endorsed by the African Union and other regional bodies.