Monday, May 16, 2016
Video - Leaders attend summit in Nigeria to tackle Boko Haram
French President Francois Hollande has hailed the efforts of his Nigerian counterpart Mohammadu Buhari in tackling the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.Hollande together with other regional Heads of states are in Abuja for a summit on the issue, having taken part in bilateral meetings. The leaders also highlighted the progress made against the militants, as well as the plight of 2.1 million internally displaced persons in Nigeria. Buhari's initiative to convene Saturday's summit was described as "crucial" by the UN Security Council, whose members have strongly condemned attacks by Boko Haram. Some 20,000 people have died in Boko Haram's nearly seven-year uprising to create an Islamic state. A multinational force made up of troops from Nigeria and neighbouring countries have since made military advances against the extremists.