Disunity and Nigeria’s Lack of Commitment Prolonging War Against Terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin- International Group

International Crisis Group (ICG) has noted that the war against insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin and Benin, has been weakened due to the lack of Nigeria’s commitment to the fight, like other countries in the region have shown.

In the report that was released on Tuesday, the group outlined the wins and loses of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and is based on interviews conducted between November 2018 and May 2020 with government officials, military officers, diplomats, humanitarian workers, and informed observers.

The MNJTF, a military project headquartered in Chad, was first formed in the 1990s. It currently comprises military units from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. With the emergence of Boko Haram, in 2012, the task force’s responsibilities were expanded to include the war on terrorism.

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The International Crisis Group observed that the MNJTF suffers structural limitations and has a weak chain of command. The civilian oversight body, Lake Chad Basic Commission, is underfunded and has struggled to exert authority over the force.

“The MNJTF is an expression of the willingness of the states involved to cooperate, yet their commitment to the joint force has ebbed and flowed,” the transnational non-governmental organisation stated, adding that “Nigeria’s commitment has proven particularly variable.”

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