Five countries created the Lake Chad Basin Commission in 2015 to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria. At their meeting this week, the commission realized that they may lack the funding to finish their task. Boko Haram has lost 70% of its territory and this has caused the group to splinter. With no effective leadership Boko Haram has increased its suicide attacks in a desperate attempt to retain its relevance in the region. However, these attacks have caused more people to flee their homes intensifying the regional humanitarian crisis.
07/08/2017 Nigeria (VOA) –Boko Haram has lost as much as 70 percent of its war equipment and fighters. That's the assessment of defense officials from the five countries involved in the joint task force fighting the militants. But the officials, who gathered in Cameroon this week to discuss the war effort, admit their own troops face challenges, mostly involving funding.
Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin contribute the 7,000 soldiers that make up the multinational joint task force battling Boko Haram.
Defense officials from the five countries said this week that economic challenges caused by the global slump in commodity prices are taking a toll on the war effort.
They said it has become difficult to mount attacks on Boko Haram locations, as they lack the resources to keep adequate standby troops stationed at frontline bases, like Mora in northern Cameroon.
Cameroonian General Donatien Melingui Nouma, speaking on behalf of the group, said they are a sub-regional force and do not have the same resources as a U.N. peacekeeping mission. But he said they will not relent because the Lake Chad Basin Commission member states are suffering from severe terrorism threats. He said they received contributions from the international community like the European Union and the United Kingdom and are expecting more.