The 23rd Summit of the African Union, planned for Malabo from 26-27 Jun 2014, is likely to see a call for collective action to halt Boko Haram's depredations in Nigeria and the region.
The Islamist militants kidnapped some 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria on 15 Apr 2014, causing widespread outrage, and it is blamed for hundreds of deaths in the region. At a meeting hosted by French President Hollande in Paris in May, the leaders of Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Niger and Chad agreed to "wage war" on the militants. The summit is also expected to decide whether to lift the suspension of Egypt's AU membership. It was handed down after the ouster of Mohamed Morsi on 3 Jul 2013. He was the country's first civilian and Islamist president. The civil war in South Sudan also looms as an urgent topic for the leaders as extreme famine is said to be imminent. The AU brings together 54 African states.
Date written/update: 2014-06-15