Nigeria seeks help from French west Africa to fight Islamists
ABUJA (AFP) - Nigeria on Tuesday issued an appeal to France and Abuja's Francophone neighbours, especially Cameroon, to help it in the battle against Islamists, two days before a planned visit from French President Francois Hollande.
On the day suspected Boko Haram Islamists slaughtered 43 students as they slept, Nigeria's information minister warned the attacks could harm French and other Western interests in West Africa if left unchecked.
"I think what we need is international cooperation from the French, from the French-speaking west African countries to work together to deal with this problem before it becomes a major problem for France, for western interests operating in west Africa," Labaran Maku said.
"It will devastate French interests if we allow this terror to go on," the minister told AIT television.