Britain to Help Train Nigerian Army In Fight Against Boko Haram

Nigeria has pledged to share intelligence gathered on terror group Boko Haram with other neighbouring states in a bid to halt the growing insurgency in the Northern region of Nigeria.

This was revealed at a Ministerial meeting hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague on the back of the on going World Summit on ending violence in conflict with representatives from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

William Hague at the World Summit on Eding Violence in Conflict Photo: Michael Tubi

William Hague at the World Summit on Eding Violence in Conflict
Photo: Michael Tubi

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Hague, who made the comments after telling the delegates that Britain was working hard with the Nigerian Government to ensure that the missing Chibok Girls are found and that there would now be consequences for such atrocities by perpetrators of such acts in future.

He also revealed that Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon had all agreed to tighten security around their borders to prevent Boko Haram taking advantage of the porous borders to traffic people they’ve abducted.

The countries have also agreed to begin to run Task Force controls to shut down escape routes of the terrorists.

A member of the Nigerian Ministerial delegation Photo: Michael Tubi

A member of the Nigerian Ministerial delegation
Photo: Michael Tubi

Hague reiterated the commitment of Britain and the international community in working with Nigeria to find the girls adding that there are still British personnel and aircraft on ground helping in the search.

The Foreign Minister however stated that the problem of the insurgency in Nigeria has taken a long time to fester and therefore it will take a while for any solutions to yield results.

Although he told the summit that in addition to giving tactical training and counter insurgency training, Britain will help train the Nigerian army to help deal with the Boko Haram insurgency, it was up to the Nigerian government to ensure that the ‘considerable defence budget’ is well spent.

According to the Mr Hague, the discussions didn’t only focus on the Security situation in Nigeria but also on education and Britain will be increasing its support for girls education as well as ensuring that ‘basic services are provided for those communities at risk.’

 

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