The National Security Adviser (NSA) to President Goodluck Jonathan, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has disclosed that Nigeria won't be needing the help of the United Nations (UN), to fight militant group, Boko Haram.
Dasuki who was speaking to the BBC's Newsday programme, said Nigeria, and its neighbours Niger, Chad and Cameroon, were in a "good shape to address the issue" of the Islamist insurgency.
He went on to say, the fact that so many of the country's security forces had been deployed to deal with the militants showed how seriously the situation was being taken.
He admitted that the militants were a "real security threat" and said that close to 50% of Nigeria's army has now been deployed to the north-east.
Dasuki also said the militants had seized enough weapons from their recent attack at Baga's military base to "annihilate Nigeria".
When asked in the interview, if Nigeria needed outside help, he said "No", before saying it was an option to involve UN and AU forces, but regional partners were best placed to deal with the problem.
Meanwhile, reports say the Federal Government is considering the possibility of recalling Nigerian soldiers involved in peace keeping missions abroad.
In a related development, Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, yesterday said that the insurgency problem in the country is diverting people’s attention from the high points of his administration.