Banditry, Kidnapping, Secession Threat: We've Taken a Long-Term Decision on Nigeria, UK Says

Banditry, Kidnapping, Secession Threat: We've Taken a Long-Term Decision on Nigeria, UK Says

- Once a colonial authority over Nigeria, the UK is not at peace with what is happening in the country currently

- The British government said on all sides and regions, nothing is working well and struggle is the best way to describe Nigeria's condition

- This remark was made by the UK's high commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, on Tuesday, March 30

- Lang said the UK's decision is to have its official in Nigeria for a long time so as to assist in any way possible

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The British high commission to Nigeria has expressed worry over the myriad of problems bedevilling the country at the same time.

Catriona Laing, the commissioner, captured the state of the nation on Tuesday, March 30, with her words, "Nigeria is really struggling".

In her address to welcome home the 2019/2020 UK Chevening scholarship beneficiaries, Laing pointed that the United Kingdom (UK) is particularly concerned over Nigeria's worsening security situation, The Cable reports.

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Banditry, Kidnapping, Secession Threat, we've Taken a Long-Term Decision on Nigeria, UK
The British government said it will keep its officials in Nigeria for a long time in order to help the nation overcome its troubles (Photo: @CatrionaLaing1)
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She wailed:

“I mean, Nigeria is facing a lot of problems everywhere – in the northeast, terrorism; in the northwest, banditry, kidnapping; in the middle belt, the farmers-herders conflict; in the south, the Niger Delta conflict everywhere.
“And the secession movements in the south-east. So, Nigeria is really struggling.

Moving forward, the commissioner promised citizens that the British government is willing to help the country, especially in the area of military training in the bid to overcome insurgency.

Laing said to record achievement in this regard, the UK, through the commission, will keep its officials in Nigeria for a very long time.

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Giving the assurance, Lang noted:

“So, we are here for a long time. This is a Nigerian partnership. Your insecurity becomes our insecurity if we don’t help you tackle it. So, we are here and we are trying to do our best to support you."

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The Sun reports that Laing recalled meetings and collaborative efforts the UK's military leadership had championed alongside the federal government in the past.

Meanwhile, bandits had attacked more communities in Niger state barely 24 hours after some students were kidnapped.

Sarkin Zama, Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Siyiko and other adjoining villages were invaded by armed gangs who operated unchallenged for hours.

Source: Legit

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