Cameroon-Nigeria Cooperation: Growing Security Ties

 Both countries exchange security intelligence to better combat the threats of terrorism along border areas.

Commendable military collaboration exist between Cameroon and Nigeria. They share the same border which has for some time been experiencing a certain degree of insecurity. Military cooperation between both countries exist at three different levels; mutual, bilateral and multinational.

Given the different crimes that occur along the Lake Chad Basin and the Gulf of Guinea; all areas which affect Cameroon and Nigeria, both countries resorted to exchange military tact on eradicating crimes and restoring peace and security along the localities. This has led to several security meetings and trainings between the two neighbouring countries. 

In July 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari was in Cameroon for the regional security discussions during which security experts assessed the security situation along common borders and brainstormed on adequate measures to fight all forms of insecurity.

A Cameroon-Nigeria security meeting which held in Yaounde in December 2016 saw both parties vowing to fine-tune unified strategies at fighting Boko Haram.

In April this year, the Chiefs of Army Staff of both nations met following the instructions of their Presidents with the objective of widening military cooperation for greater results.

General Rene Claude Meka of Cameroon and his guest, General Anatomy Gabriel Olonisakin, had a tête-à-tête in Yaounde on security issues that affect them both.

The Nigerian military official, in a statement to reporters after the meeting, disclosed that discussions between both of them centered on two main issues of mutual interest; reinforcing military ties between both countries and strengthening the fight against Boko Haram to put an end to its existence.

General Anatomy Gabriel Olonisakin also noted that reinforced military cooperation and synergy of soldiers from Cameroon and Nigeria will not only facilitate the eradication of Boko Haram but equally bring to halt the activities of other terrorists groups in the sub region.

At the regional level, both countries provide soldiers for the Multinational Joint Task Force fighting to eliminate crimes along the Lake Chad Basin. To this effect, a recent operation has being launched by the Nigerian army known as “Operation Last Hold.”

It is intended to facilitate the clearance of the Lake Chad waterways of sea weeds and other obstacles obstructing the movement of boats and people across the water channels while contributing to improving fishing and economic activities in the locality.

Besides military operations, citizens of both countries undergo trainings and exchange programmes. Cameroonians are trained at the Senior Defence College of Nigeria, the Army War College of Nigeria, amongst other military academies.



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