Boko Haram: US declares further N14.5bn assist to Nigeria

The US has introduced an extra $40million (N14 billion) assist to Nigeria as to handle the humanitarian disaster brought on by the Boko Haram insurgency.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, made the announcement in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Pompeo spoke throughout a joint media briefing with the Minister of Overseas Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, after the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Fee (BNC) assembly hosted by the Division of State.

“The international minister (Onyeama) and I additionally mentioned at present the large humanitarian disaster that the battle with Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa and different spiritual and ethnic violence.

“We all know that these points are arduous. We all know that they’re sophisticated.

“However I strongly inspired the Nigerian authorities to do extra to guard its civilians, together with spiritual communities and the humanitarian organisations searching for to help them.

“To assist on this effort, I’m happy to announce at present an extra 40 million {dollars} in humanitarian help to Nigeria, including to the almost 350 million {dollars} that we offered final 12 months,’’ he mentioned.

Pompeo disclosed that the two-day assembly additionally featured discussions on safety cooperation between each nations, particularly Nigeria’s “latest buy’’ of 12 U.S.-made A-29 fighter planes price 500 million {dollars}.

Onyeama, in his remarks, mentioned: “After all, we’re confronted with different safety points inside Nigeria, and we all know that a few of them trigger disquiet amongst our companions and we’re addressing various these.

“And in addressing these inner challenges, and particularly within the safety space, we completely make it clear and attempt to uphold human rights.

“We’ve the best curiosity in defending and respecting the human rights of our inhabitants and we try this.”

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