President Buhari has rejected a proposal for an alternate leadership between Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroun and Benin, of a joint military force against Boko Haram.
At a meeting which held on Thursday with leaders of the Lake Chad nations in Abuja, The president insisted Nigeria must be the sole leader of the joint military operation.
The president said his argument should be adopted since Nigeria has suffered a lot and also being at the centre of the Boko Haram crisis, also providing the bulk of troops for the operation.
“While I agree that this is a joint operation with shared responsibilities, I am, however, of the opinion that military operations that are subjected to a rapid turnover of command and control structures, six months duration, as it is being proposed in the documents before us, do not augur well for effectiveness and efficiency,” The president said.
“Such a process will undermine, even if it is not intended, the military capacity to sustain the push against the insurgents, who also have the uncanny ability to adapt and rejig their operational strategies.