African leaders are planning on organizing a new joint strategy against Boko Haram at a summit planned for April 8.
The new summit could mean the beginning of the end for Boko Haram's insurgency as the newly elected Nigerian president-elect promised to spare no effort to get rid of the organization.
It is unknown if Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari will take part in the summit because he does not take office until May 29.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan previously promised to wipe out Boko Haram by May. On April 20 he said that the militant group was getting "weaker and weaker by the day."
The summit is organized by Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
This could mean that a broader coalition will be formed to fight Boko Haram than the current one which is composed of only Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon.
President-Elect Promises to Wipe Out Boko Haram
Muhammadu Buhari scored an unexpected win in Nigeria's general election on March 28. Nigeria was considered politically divided as violence plagued the country in the lead-up to the election.
"Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring back peace," Buhari said on Wednesday.
Buhari, a former military dictator, won the election in part thanks to the remaking of his image to one of a democracy supporter. Embracing digital technology to connect with young voters also helped draw broad support across the population.
Boko Haram Faces Setbacks
Boko Haram has been facing setbacks since an increased government campaign which began after Nigeria's general election was pushed back from February 14 to March 28 due to jihadist violence.
Buhari's election could also mean a more active campaign as the President-elect is known for his conflict with Chad. Chad held parts of Nigeria in 1983 when Buhari seized power in a military coup and was the country's military dictator for almost two years.