We Are Ready To Help Nigeria Identify The Sponsors Of Boko Haram The US Government
This was disclosed on Monday by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard during a meeting with newsmen in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
Despite the surrendering of some of the insurgents to Nigerian troops following the onslaught against them particularly in the northeast, the security situation in the region has remained unchanged.
She said her country is prepared to partner with Nigeria to identify the sponsors of Boko Haram and other extremists in the country.
When asked what would the US do to help the country identify the sponsors of terrorism in the country, Leonard said, “That is something we are very eager to partner Nigeria on. I won’t like to go into details. I have had at least three conversations in the last two months on this subject”.
She dismissed the notion by some Nigerians that the relationship between Nigeria and the US would crash as happened in Afghanistan, stressing that the two countries have a strong bilateral relationship unlike that of Afghanistan.
She said that the U.S. had remained committed to supporting Nigeria’s fight against insecurity.
Leonard added that the U.S. government is also committed to supporting the democracy and economic programs of the government through the embassy.
She added, “I hear people making the analogy with Afghanistan a lot but it does not match up.
“When you listen to what President Biden said on how troops went to Afghanistan in the first place, it was because they were in a horrible tragedy, over 3,000 Americans were killed”, she explained.
General Jeffrey Harrigian, the Commander, US Air Forces in Europe also told journalists that the purchase of Tucano fighter jets was an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the US and Nigeria as well as curbing insecurity.
He said, “The A -29 Super Tucano allows us to reconnect our relationship with Nigeria”.