Thursday, 31 July 2014

United States Committed To Stemming Boko Haram Threat —Consul General

THE United States Consul General to Nigeria, Mr Jeffery Hawkins, has, again, noted the threat Boko Haram poses to Nigeria and the African continent as a whole and restated the efforts of the United States to curb the activities of the
dreaded Islamist sect.

Hawkins made this known in Lagos, on Wednesday, at a media platform monitored by the Nigerian Tribune, where he also noted that the President Barak Obama-led US government remained keen in helping Nigeria to rescue the abducted Chibok girls.

He, however, noted that “the US government’s interest in assisting Nigeria with Boko Haram predates the abduction of Chibok girls,” adding that the US had an extensive engagement with the Nigerian government on security.

He further noted that the security engagement had been extended in terms of intelligence that would assist Nigeria in tackling the insecurity posed by Boko Haram in the North-East.
He also pointed out that the engagement was not limited to intelligence, revealing that “we are working with the security forces on professionalising them and in dealing with human rights issues.”

Hawkins, however, declined to speak on the intelligence sharing operation but was quick to note that “we are truly interested in providing the Nigerian government with the information they
can use to appropriately respond to the Boko Haram threat.”