ICC Note: President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has been appreciative of the United Kingdom’s increased support against Boko Haram. The UK has agreed to provide more training to the Nigerian Military realizing Boko Haram is no longer a local issue, but a regional and global threat. Buhari has also called for increased support in logistics, equipment, and intelligence. In recent weeks, Boko Haram has rocked Nigeria with an influx of suicide attacks. With a stronger alliance between the Nigerian government and Great Britain, Buhari believes his goal of defeating the Islamist group by December could be more reachable. Boko Haram continues to target Christian communities and other religious minorities through kidnapping, rape, and murder, but surprisingly, has also targeted Muslim villages and mosques in the recent months.
10/09/2015 Nigeria (The Sun) – The United Kingdom has offered to further assist Nigeria in its fight against to end activities of terrorist sect, Boko Haram by December.
This is even as President Muhammadu Buhari has said that significant improvements in national security remains the topmost priority of his administration because other socio-economic initiatives cannot be successfully implemented without adequate security in the country.
The British Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Nicholas Houghton, disclosed this to State House correspondents shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Houghton said he was sent by his government because the United Kingdom shares an interesting security situation with Nigeria.
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.”
Asked why the support was coming now, the British Chief of Defence Staff said it has now been recognised more than ever before that many of the security threats that are posed are not just localised ones but they are regionalised and global ones.