The British government has offered to assist Nigeria in more ways to end the Boko Haram menace.
The British Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Nicholas Houghton was in a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, when he disclosed this.
He said he was in the country to see how the UK could give the necessary support to the government and the President to ensure that the country optimises whatever support it could give Nigeria.
He said, “My concern is in the security situation, in particular the war being waged by Boko Haram.
“I think that Nigerian armed forces have made some remarkable progress in the last few months in pushing Boko Haram back.
“But as it comes to the end of the rainy season, I know the President has got a very strong ambitions to what he can achieve by Christmas, it shows because the UK has a strong support for your troops training just to make sure we optimise our support and that is the best way we can.”
When he was asked, why the help was coming now, he said:
"I think most of the conversations on security in the recent UN General Assembly was about the threat posed by extremism and terrorism.
“We share within the UK and Europe concerns about the destabilising effect of ISIL in Iraq, Syria in North Africa and also the threat the Boko Haram poses here.
“Therefore, in many respects, the security in places such as Nigeria, the security concerns are shared by many in the global community, which is why we do need to intensify the nature and type of support we offer.”
By: Chika Onwuasoanya