Gambia’s Minister of Interior, Mai Ahmad Fatty represented the West African nation’s President Adama Barrow at high-level UN meeting on terrorist activities in the Lake Chad region.
Islamist fighters from Boko Haram have laid siege on Nigeria, Cameron, Chad, and Niger, attacking border towns and setting small villages on fire.
The extremist group is now using children and women to carry out suicide attacks in many towns, especially in Northern Nigeria.
At least 83 children, mostly girls, used by the armed group in suicide attacks this year, says the UN children agency.
The body said 55 of them were girls, most often under the age of 15. Twenty-seven were boys, and one was a baby strapped to a girl.
West African leaders feared that terrorist attacks may spill further to Senegal, which surrounds The Gambia on all three sides, except for the west.
Gambia is regaining its position in the diplomatic world on matters of regional security at the global stage, following the ouster of the longtime authoritarian ruler, Yahya Jammeh.
Jammeh’s refusal to cede power raised fears of instability in the region and the use of Gambia as a staging ground for extremists.
Senegalese authorities arrested two suspected terrorists linked to attacks on hotels in Mali and Ivory Coast heading to Gambia during the country’s two-month-long political logjam.
Normalcy has returned to Gambia and the country is now being consulted to help such spillovers and help develop regional led strategies to end the Boko Haram crisis.
The UN estimates that 20,000 people have been killed and at least 1.7 million displaced since the armed group launched its armed campaign in northeast Nigeria eight years ago.