The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC says it will support countries of the Sahel region, particularly Nigeria, Chad, Niger Republic and Cameroon, by building their defence and security forces to counter terrorism and combat organised crime.

A communique at the end of the 14th Islamic Summit Conference held in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, OIC called on member states to support the G-5 Sahel countries in their efforts to fight terrorism and ensure development.

The conference also expressed its full solidarity with Lake Chad Basin countries, namely Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad, which had continue to face grave security challenges and vicious insurgency arising from the violent Boko Haram extremism and terrorism.

The conference also requested the Council of Foreign Ministers to upgrade the OIC regional humanitarian office in Niamey to a regional representative mission to mobilize political commitment and undertake development and humanitarian activities.