The Nigerian government and military must improve against the insurgency by Boko Haram militants, said Mohamed Ibn Chambas, United Nations special representative for West Africa. He encouraged Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger to employ "hot pursuit" tactics in pursing the militants across borders. "These countries cannot sit by idly when these terrorists have free rein in this area," he says.
A town in northeastern Nigeria was attacked by Boko Haram fighters today, with reports of many deaths. Meanwhile, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan submitted a $1 billion request to fund the military's fight against the militants the day before the country's National Assembly broke for recess. No action was taken on the request.