- The United Kingdom has called on Nigerian government to ask for help when needed in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists
- The UK's foreign secretary said the Britain would be readily available to render any help needed by Nigeria to fight terrorists
- Jeremy Hunt said discord between indigenes of the north east and authorities have continued to fuel terrorism in the region
The government of United Kingdom has urged its Nigerian counterpart to ask for support when needed in the fight against insurgency ravaging the north east.
The United Kingdom foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said the Great Britain would be readily available to give all support needed by Nigeria in the anti-terrorism fight.
Premium Times reports that Hunt speaking during a visit to Maiduguri as part of his Africa tour seeking ‘new UK partnerships’ across Africa said a perceived rift between the Nigerian Army and the local populace in the north east is fueling violence in the region.
He said lack of trust between the indigenes and security authorities is one of the reasons that fuels attacks in the region.
”I am here in Maiduguri north east Nigeria, where the conflict which has involved both Boko Haram and Islamic state West Africa has meant that two million people have been displaced living in, effectively, refugee camps,” Hunt said.
”And the U.K is supporting the World Food Programme (WFP) which is doing an extraordinary job. We have given £150 million since the start of the conflict and they have been able to feed 1.5 million people as a result of their activities here.
“I think the crucial deciding factor is the willingness and enthusiasm of the Nigerian government and the Nigerian army to work closely with us - we would like to support and help them, but they are a sovereign nation and they have got to want our help,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had on Thursday, May 2, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to end his ‘private visit’ in London.
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The PDP urged the president to immediately return home to tackle the deteriorated security situation in Nigeria.
The opposition party in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the security situation in the country had become unacceptable and that the president must return urgently.
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