'We are collaborating with our neighbors Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, in the context of the Multinational Joint Task Force, to defeat Boko Haram,' Bande said during a debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts carried out by the UN Security Council, the national press reports.
The diplomat estimated the number of members of that radical group at 700. They are willing to surrender to the Abuja authorities.
He stressed in this regard that the government is developing a campaign to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society the militias of that terrorist group that put down their weapons.
Northern Nigeria, inhabited mainly by Muslims, is suffering from violence since 2009 provoked by Boko Haram, an extremist group that promotes the establishment of an Islamic State.
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