U.S Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power has spoken on why the United States of America refused to assist Nigeria fight Boko Haram before now.
Photo: President Buhari with H.E. Amb. Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations during her visit to Abuja
According to Ms. Power, the massive corruption rampant during the Jonathan’s administration was the principal contributory factor.
She made the expose during a press conference at the American University of Nigeria [AUN] to round off her visit to IDPs camps in Adamawa State on Saturday.
She said that even through her country was not fully involved in an attempt to curtail the ravaging Boko Haram mercenaries, it was investing in the security aspect of Nigeria.
She disclosed the U.S government was monitoring the political will of the Federal Government then to tackle the insurgency.
She, however, added that the United States was not really comfortable with the corrupt tendencies that were associated with the issue of those fighting the insurgency.
“But, when the Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government came on board, the U.S recognizes his full commitment to stop the insurgency and the anti-corruption crusade.
“The U.S has no alternative than to back the present administration”, the Envoy revealed.
“The U.S, as part of our new resolve and commitment is now training a battalion of soldiers that will soon return home to face the insurgents headlong.
“The Battalion will be a high performing one equipped with the American terrorism combat and techniques on their return”, Samantha maintained.
She commended Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger under auspices of Lake Chad Commission for their collaborative effort in fishing the Boko Haram insurgents.
“The United States acknowledged the seriousness of these countries in their combined efforts against terrorism and it is paying off now”, the envoy stated.
But, she was quick to advice troops to ensure that communities liberated from the insurgents are will protected so as to give the returnees hope of beginning a new life.
Ambassador Samantha Power announced that the U.S has approved an aid package of over 60 million Dollars to the four countries in the Lake Chad commission.
That, according to her, will enable them put in some infrastructure to rehabilitate their destroyed property by the insurgents.
The US government has, few months ago, delivered 24 tanks equipped with top-notch American terrorism combat techniques to Nigeria to aid in combat against terrorism.
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