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President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

REUTERS
22 January, 2013

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In an interview with Reuters in Geneva,
Jonathan said Nigeria had a direct
interest in intervening in Mali, pointing
out links between the Nigerian Islamist
sect Boko Haram and al Qaeda’s north
African wing in Mali. “We believe that if we stabilize northern Mali, not just Nigeria but other countries that are facing threats will be stabilized,” he said.

“EVERYONE WILL FIGHT”

Colonel Oumar Kande, ECOWAS military
and security adviser in Mali, told Reuters
in Bamako the original plan for the U.N.-
backed ECOWAS military intervention in
the north was being changed to adapt to fast-evolving circumstances.

Instead of the Malian army alone playing
the combat role, with ECOWAS supporting, now “everyone will fight”,
Kande said. He added ECOWAS was concerned about its troops having to fight a difficult counter-insurgency war in a northern Mali desert and mountain battleground the size of…

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