The United Nations Security Council has said it is alarmed by ties between Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants and the Islamic State (IS) group.
In a statement, it said Boko Haram – which pledged allegiance to IS in 2015 – continued to “undermine the peace and stability” in West and Central Africa.
Meanwhile, a senior United States official said there were reports of Boko Haram fighters joining IS in Libya, the BBC reports.
Nigeria is to host a summit on Saturday on fighting Boko Haram.
President Muhammadu Buhari will welcome counterparts from Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger for the gathering in Abuja, along with French President Francois Hollande, United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond and U.S Deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.
In the statement, the 15-member UN Security Council expressed “alarm at Boko Haram’s linkages with the Islamic State.”
It also voiced its support for President Buhari’s “crucial initiative” to hold the security summit in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Mr. Blinken – who is already in Nigeria – said he was concerned by reports that Boko Haram militants were going to Libya, where IS influence has grown in recent months.
“We’ve seen that Boko Haram’s ability to communicate has become more effective,” he said.
“They seem to have benefited from assistance from Daesh [IS].”