President Goodluck Jonathan, has appealed for more help from the US Government in the fight against Boko Haram.
A report by AFP said Jonathan made the plea in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “Are they (the United States) not fighting ISIS? Why can’t they come to Nigeria?
“They are our friends. If Nigeria has a problem, then I expect the US to come and assist us”, Mr. Jonathan was quoted as telling the newspaper.
But Pentagon spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby, said there are no plans to deploy boots on ground in Nigeria. “I can tell you that there are no plans as I speak here to send unilaterally, to send or to add US troops into Nigeria. There are no US troops operating in Nigeria”, he told reporters.
Kirby said the United States was in the early phases of helping establish a multi-national task force of African nations to help Nigeria defeat Boko Haram.