President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and his Cameroonian counterpart met on Wednesday in a bid to soothe fractious ties between the West African neighbours and strengthen cooperation against Islamist insurgents Boko Haram.
Muhammadu Buhari’s first visit to Cameroon President Paul Biya since elected as president in March, the Nigerian militant group, which has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, has launched a fresh wave of attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Meanwhile, the suspected Boko Haram attacks have killed at least 600 people since Buhari took office two months ago.
Boko Haram has switched to attacking civilian targets because it is no longer capable of military engagements, said Cameroon’s information minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakari.
“The heads of state are going to discuss the best means of eradicating this new form of belligerence and the strategies to reduce Boko Haram.
An African Union-mandated, 8,700-strong regional taskforce, headquartered in the Chadian capital N’Djamena, was due to start operations at the end of this month but has been delayed by questions over funding.