America’s Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle, and Senate President David Mark, are reported to have hold an intense meeting this evening (Saturday) in Abuja, over the worrisome activities of the radical Islamis sect, Boko Haram.
Senate President David Mark
NAN reports that the US and Nigeria in the meeting brainstormed on how to end terrorism as well as put a final end to Boko Haram onslaught in the country.
According to statement issued by Paul Mumeh, Chief Press Secretary to Mark, the two countries lamented the loss of lives, the retrogression in economic activities as well as the socio-political damages caused by the Islamist activities.
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The senate president, who noted that Boko Haram was not only a threat to the country but a great danger to human existence, disclosed that the threat was worse than what government expected.
Mark, who expressed optimism that Boko Haram had wider networks and support form outside Nigeria, also commended the efforts of Nigeria’s security agencies in foiling some of the sect’s planed attacks. He reiterated that support and assistance from the international community was imperative to end the activities of the extremist.
“The United States of America is a strategic ally to us. We count on your support and military assistance always especially in this battle against the terrorists” Mark said.
According to him, government is doing everything humanly possible to rescue the kidnapped Chibok girls, and other hostages held in captivity by the terror group.
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Responding, Entwistle, also reiterated the United States continuous support and assistance towards putting a permanent end terrorism in Nigeria.
Entwistle, however, warned Nigerian security operatives against any possible abuse of human rights in order not to cause more damage while trying to solve the problem of insurgency.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram onslaughts which have claimed more than 10,000 innocent lives in the past five years, especially in the Northeastern part of the country, attracted the attention of foreign powers, when it kidnapped over 234 female students from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State three months ago. The sect members began their arm struggle in 2009.