Niamey (AFP) - The head of an African regional military force battling Boko Haram insurgents urged the international community on Wednesday to deliver promised support for the mission.
General Lamidi Adeosun, head of the coalition which includes troops from five countries -- Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin -- said the force was doing its best but needed "extra resources" to improve its performance.
Donors at an African Union summit in February pledged $250 million for the fight against Boko Haram, which under pressure in its native Nigeria has extended attacks in Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
Adeosun said the commitments had yet to translate into tangible support for the force's efforts.
"In concrete terms the pledges are there but on the ground not much has been achieved -- we have pledges of people to give some amount of money for specific assistance but they remain pledges, they are still in the works," he said at a news conference in Niger's capital Niamey.
"If anything has been given at all, it's a measure of communication equipment and some 11 vehicles -- that is what assistance so far we have received in concrete terms."
Adeosun, who arrived in Niamey on Monday, said he had met Niger's army chiefs to update them on the fight against Boko Haram, which launched an insurgency in Nigeria in 2009 seeking to form a hardline Islamic state.
With 8,500 soldiers, the regional force has managed to reduce Boko Haram's military activities without being able to put them completely out of action.
Niger has been hit by Boko Haram attacks since February 2015, particularly in its southeast, which neighbours the militants' strongholds in northern Nigeria.