The former president of Benin Republic, Nicephore Soglo, says the Boko Haram terrorist group is funded by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Soglo leveled the allegation while speaking at the constitutional term limits summit in Naimey, Niger Republic, The Cable reports.
Newsmen gathers that the ex president urged Africans to unite to solve their problems.
Soglo said Africa – especially West Africa – must work at solving its own problems, and that it should be able to identify its real friends.
He said: “Boko Haram is funded by our friends from Saudi Arabia and our friends from Qatar. Are we friends or not? Let’s tell ourselves the truth. We have to stand together.
“I’m optimistic we are going to win if we stand together.”
Former president Goodluck Jonathan is one of the speakers at the summit which was organised by the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
It was previously reported that Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the chief of Army staff, stated that Boko Haram and other terror groups operating in the country could not be defeated by warfare alone.
The Army boss said that finding appropriate narratives that would counter the ideologies of the terror groups would greatly enhance the efforts of the Nigeria Army against terrorism and terrorist groups.
Buratai, who observed that terrorism could not be totally eliminated, noted that the insurgents’ belief in their ideologies remained their strongest driving force.