Thursday, March 31, 2016 6:00 am
Although the United States has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for its efforts in containing Boko Haram insurgency, it warns that the militants are still a threat not only in Nigeria, but in the African region.
US Secretary of state, Senator John Kerry gave this view in Washington at the start of a U.S.- Nigeria Bi-National Commission meeting.
Kerry condemned the Bokoharam activities, promising U.S. support to finish off the sect and end its terrorist activities.
“Under President Buhari, Nigeria has been taking the fight to Boko Haram and it has reduced Boko Haram’s capacity to launch full-scale attacks.
“However, the group still remains a threat – a serious threat – to the entire region.
“And in recent months, our governments have been collaborating on new ways to institute security measures, including counter-IED equipment, improved information sharing, and training and equipping two infantry battalions.
“Now, I want to be clear, this aid is predicated on the understanding that, even when countering a group as ruthless as Boko Haram, security forces have a duty to set the standard with respect to human rights. One abuse does not excuse another.