October 8, 2021

Regional Security: Zulum, 7 other Lake Chad Governors meet in Cameroon

Regional Security: Zulum, 7 other Lake Chad Governors meet in Cameroon


By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, alongside seven other Governors within the Lake Chad Basin, on Monday, met in Younde, Cameroon, to discuss regional security cooperation and path to improve stability.  

This was disclosed by the Special Adviser on Communications and Strategy to Governor Zulum, Mallam Isa Gusau which was made available to our Correspondent in Maiduguri on Tuesday. 

The meeting he said, had six Governors in attendance: Zulum from Borno, Issa Lamine of Diffa in Niger Republic; Midjiyawa Bakari of Far North of Cameroon; Abate Edii Jean from North Region of Cameroon; Mahamat Fadoul Mackaye from Lac Province of Chad and Amina Kodjyana Agnes – Hadjer Lami also from Chad, while Governors of Adamawa and Yobe States in northeast Nigeria, were represented.  

Organized by the Lake Chad Basin Commission, with technical support from the African Union, United Nations Development Programme and Crisis Management Initiative, the meeting was hosted by the Cameroonian Government in collaboration with the Lake Chad Governors’ Forum.   

The meeting, which was declared open by the Cameroonian Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute, accompanied by the Mayor of Yaounde, Mr Luc Messi Atangana, discussed security issues with a focus on terror attacks and humanitarian impacts in the region. The meeting also reviewed the implementation of strategies for regional stabilization, which were adopted in 2019, during a similar meeting in Niamey, Niger Republic.  

Governor Zulum in his contributions, tabled Borno’s position, calling on the need to drastically raise the level of trans border cooperation on security before strategic and territorial action plans can work.  

“All these territorial action plans can never be feasible without security, the first thing that we need in the entire region is to address security issues. Especially on the shores of Lake Chad. It is necessary to undertake holistic security operations in the shores of Lake Chad in order to clear the insurgents, otherwise, we are not going anywhere”, Zulum noted.  

Zulum expressed great concern over the non-utilization of Lake Chad Basin’s shore which he noted, can provide huge economic potentials to benefit the people of the region.  

Already, Borno Government is making effort, he said, towards establishing free trade zones in Banki town Bama LGA, Gamboru in Ngala, Baga in Kukawa and Damasak in Mobbar LGA all in Borno State, to enhance socio-economic activities within the Lake region in line with territorial action plans for stabilization.  

The Governor called on member states to engage in identifying and addressing root causes of the Boko Haram crisis and combine measures other than military operations.  

Zulum also raised issues of de-radicalizing persons previously associated with Boko Haram. 

He highlighted measures for youth engagement, through education, skills acquisition and social development programmes.

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