US President Barack Obama Pledges Support for Nigeria’s Fight Against Boko Haram Following Meeting with Buhari!
Following the visit of Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, to the United States, the US President Barack Obama has pledged to support Nigeria in the fight against Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
The meeting which took place at the White House was the first meeting between the two presidents, since the election of President Buhari. BBC reported that the US has committed $5 million (£3.2m; €4.6m) to the fight against Boko Haram since Mr Buhari came to power.
Boko Haram is the terrorist group that have killed thousands in north-east Nigeria since 2009, notably the April 2014 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian school girls ‘chibok girls‘ who are still missing.
However, the US refuses to sell weapons to Nigeria because of concerns over its army’s human rights record. The US had previously agreed to help Nigeria fight the insurgency, but relations between the US and the administration of Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan, soured, amid accusations of human rights violations by the Nigerian military.
The US and other G7 countries had also promised to assist Nigeria discover the money – if the country could provide evidence that it had been stolen from the country.
Culled from BBC