August 22, 2013
In line with the promise it made last week that it will assist Nigeria to tackle the security challenge posed by the Boko Haram sect, the United States government has stated that it will offer more training to military personnel and other security agencies in the country.
The US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman who led the US delegation to the ninth meeting of the US-Nigerian Bi-National Commission in Abuja on August 15, 2013 disclosed this in a statement by the public affairs department of the US Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria and made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday.
The statement reads in part: “The Under Secretary met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and other Nigerian ministers during her visit. She called upon the working group to meet the challenge of implementing the many concepts agreed upon, and turning them into concrete, realizable steps that the Nigerian people could experience and feel, specifically:
“Provide more training to the Nigerian military and other services of the Nigerian government to address the challenges it faces, particularly with the insurgency in the North and Northeast. The Under Secretary noted the inclusiveness of all voices in Nigerian society, Police, Intelligence, Military, Civil Society and State Government, in creating a comprehensive plan to deal with this challenge”.
Sherman further noted that the meeting acknowledged the need for greater public diplomacy: “specifically the need to communicate that justice and accountability takes place, that training is ongoing, and that the many things that are happening on the ground, provide hope to people and reduce the recruitment of additional extremists.”