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$5bn U.S. Boost For Regional Fight Against Boko Haram

Posted: Jun 15, 2015 at 8:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The United States has announced a $5 billion contribution to the Multi-national Joint Task Force (MNJTF), to boost military operations against the Boko Haram terrorists group.

U.S. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, announced this at news briefing via telephone from the African Union summit in South Africa on Monday on the U.S. interests in Africa.

“We have been working with Nigeria as well as the African countries’ innovation to address their concerns about Boko Haram because we don’t see this as just a Nigerian problem.

“We are having discussions with President Buhari on how we might bolster our support. We have already been working with them and providing information.

“We are providing some training and support and we’ll love to work with the new administration to see how we might increase the level of support to Nigeria.

“At the same time, we’ve just announced at the venue of the AU, $5 billion contribution to the Multi-national Task Force.

“We are also providing some equipment and support and we have a number of meetings with the countries who are members of the Multi-national Joint Task Force to look at other areas we might support,” she said.

Thomas-Greenfield stated that Africa had faced “some really horrendous terrorist attacks” over the past two years, including the West Gate and Garissa University attacks in Kenya, and the Boko Haram attacks, particularly the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls, in Nigeria, among others.

“While I would not say Africa is under siege, Africa has some major security challenges. That requires a very strong and very concerted strategic effort by African countries and partners to address the security concerns of Africa,” the Assistant Secretary said.