“Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of Cameroon’s Far North region, on Nigeria’s border, says that within the past two months, Boko Haram has been establishing ties with top officials of his region,” the U.S. government-funded broadcaster VOA reported last Friday.
“Security reports indicate that Boko Haram has infiltrated some political, business, and elite circles along Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria,” Bakari said. “Boko Haram accomplices in the communities supply food and money for the terrorists to procure weapons,” he added, noting that the Cameroon military “has been assigned to arrest those who have established ties with Boko Haram.”
“Boko Haram is not just carrying out raids and abductions, they now control entire towns just across the border in Nigeria, and the very real concern here [in Cameroon] is that the militants are seeking to raise the flag of their so-called caliphate in Cameroon as well,” the BBC reported.
Nigerian officials, including former president Goodluck Jonathan, have long accused Boko Haram of infiltrating government and military ranks within Nigeria. According to VOA, Cameroon officials have also accused Boko Haram of similarly sabotaging militias formed to fight the terrorists throughout the Lake Chad Basin, which connects Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State, Boko Haram’s historic stronghold, with neighboring Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.