The Conference Backgroung

The intensity and expansion of Boko Haram’s activities from 2009 posed significant challenges to the stability of the Lake Chad region. The group’s activities led to massive internal and cross border displacement, destruction of lives and properties, human rights abuses, and disruption or destabilization of government institutions and apparatus. In response to this growing threat, the affected States, namely Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin, acting under the framework of the LCBC agreed to synergize military efforts to combat the terrorist groups; leading to the establishment of the MNJTF against Boko Haram.
Since its establishment, the MNJTF has carried out varying activities, largely military in nature, to curtail the spread of Boko Haram attacks and to weaken its capacities. Consequently, military operations against the group have succeeded in limiting its capabilities; as evidenced by the reduced frequency of direct attacks on civilian communities and government installations. The success of the military operations has restored relative calm to communities that were once under the control of Boko Haram, opening up the space for civilian activities, including humanitarian response and rebuilding of livelihoods.
Despite the significant success by the MNJTF, the overall success of the collective efforts will be determined by the level long-term consolidation of the achievements during the first Phase of MNJTF military operations. The transition from the military-heavy footprint to medium to long-term stabilization is contingent on a coherent acceleration and completion by the LCBC Member States, together with all stakeholders, of the second Phase of the mandate as highlighted in the Strategic Concept of Operations of the Force, namely to “facilitate the implementation of overall stabilization programmes by the LCBC Member States and Benin in
the affected areas, including the full restoration of state authority and the return of IDPs and refugees”. The regional dimension of stabilization efforts is key to the success of national programmes implemented in this regard.
It is against this backdrop, that the LCBC and the AU plan to host a Regional Stabilization conference. The conference titled: “Supporting the development of a framework for a Regional Stabilization Strategy for areas affected by Boko Haram” is scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 November 2017 in N’Djamena, Chad.
The “Framework for a Regional Stabilization Strategy for areas affected by Boko Haram” is intended to be the first step towards the subsequent development of a
comprehensive regional strategy that will drive and rationalize various initiatives aimed at stabilizing the areas affected by Boko Haram’s activities in the Lake Chad Basin region.
 

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