Some of the reasons Chad finally committed soldiers to fighting Boko Haram
The momentum of the war against terror changed drastically when Chad amongst others like Niger, Cameroon joined Nigeria in contending against the rampaging terrorists. However not many people know the real reasons why Chad finally consented to joining the fight, new information highlights some of these reasons which borders upon the Chadian economy and how the Boko Haram insurgency has had a profoundly debilitating effect on it.
Since Boko Haram morphed into a malignant insurgency outfit larger than life and uncontrollable, they have managed to firmly control one of Chad’s main trade routes which runs from Chad through to the Nigerian seaport in the South, this has had a serious economic effect on the Chadian economy due to an inability to import consumer goods like toothpaste, soap, diapers and even plastic tubes. Invariably this has driven the prices of these items up in Chad.
Another reason is the price of Cows and by extension derivable, due to the dangerous conditions the Herdsmen who bring cows to Nigeria face, they have been unable to supply their wholesalers. The effect is two-fold, first the price of meat in Nigeria has increased while there is a glut caused by oversupply of meat in Cameroon driving prices down. Nigeria due to its size and domestic supply, although inadequate have been able to weather the shortage but it has been devastating for Chad’s smaller economy, with the recent gains against Boko Haram and effectively taking the initiative from them they have been able to free themselves from the economic choke hold and in one fell swoop block a major supply route Boko Haram has relied on to take delivery of their logistics and military hardware.
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