Boko Haram: US ready to assist Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism

Boko Haram: US ready to assist Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism
Mary Beth LeonardImage via ng.usembassy.gov

The United States has revealed its willingness to assist Nigeria in the identification of elements sponsoring terrorism in the country.

WuzupNigeria quoting the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that since the advent of Boko Haram in 2009 in northeastern Nigeria, more than 30,000 people have been killed and nearly three million displaced in a decade of the terror activities in Nigeria.

In 2016, the group split, resulting in the emergence of a hostile faction known as the Islamic State's West that has also terrified the country.

Anadolu Agency added that the violence committed by Boko Haram has affected 26 million people in the Lake Chad region and displaced 2.6 million others.

However, the victory of the Taliban has raised concerns in Nigeria over the possibility of a repeat of what happened in Afghanistan in the West Africa country.

After over 20 years the US military announced the departure of the last US troops from Afghanistan Monday, with the Taliban seizing control of the country.

However, during a round-table interaction on US – Nigeria military cooperation with journalists at the US embassy in Abuja, US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, explained that Nigeria and Afghanistan’s situations are not the same.

According to The PUNCH, Leonard noted that Nigeria has had a strong bilateral relationship with the US, saying that the situations are not the same.

Emphasizing US readiness to support Nigeria identify and fish out terrorists sponsors, the US Ambasssdor was quoted by Vanguard saying, “That is something we are very eager to partner Nigeria on. I have had at least three conversations in the last two months on this subject. I won’t like to go into details.”

While allaying fear that the US partnership with Nigeria might end up like that of Afghanistan, she added, “I hear people making the analogy with Afghanistan a lot, it does not match up.

“When you listen to what President Biden said on how troops went to Afghanistan in the first place, it was because they were in a horrible tragedy, over 3,000 Americans were killed.

“That is a different construct. The sovereign nations who have had strong bilateral relations. I don’t actually think the two match up.”

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