U.S. Lauds Nigeria’s Efforts In Tackling Boko Haram Insurgency

U.S. Secretary of States, Mr Rex Tillerson,
U.S. Secretary of States, Mr Rex Tillerson

The United States has advised countries facing challenges of terrorism to take a cue from Nigeria in winning the war against global terrorism.

The U.S. Secretary of States, Mr Rex Tillerson, gave the recommendation on Thursday at the ‘Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS’ in Washington.

The meeting was convened at a time when the activities of terrorist groups across the globe were on the increase.

Experts identified sharing of ideas at different fora as an important step in winning the war against terror.

Mr Tillerson also noted that information sharing was one way countries could defeat terrorism, adding that Nigeria and West African countries have done well in sharing information which he said resulted in foiling a great number of attacks.

He asked countries that have challenges of domestic terror groups to build up their information sharing systems, just as Nigeria did to win the war against Boko Haram insurgency.

The U.S. Secretary of States, however, recounted with sadness the attacks on some countries by terrorists groups and proffered solution on how to tackle them.u-s

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonishakin, on his part pledged Nigeria’s resolve to mobilise resources in order to confront violent extremists.

The Charge d’ Affaires of Nigeria to the United States, Mr Hakeem Balogun, also highlighted the effects of the commendation on Nigeria.

The meeting was attended by representatives from 68 countries including Nigeria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco and Somalia.

 

 

Chibok Girls: Army Responds To Boko Haram Prisoner Swap Request

Boko Haram new video on Chibok girlsNigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin, on Monday responded to the prisoners’ swap demand made by Boko Haram in a new video of the abducted Chibok girls.

The terrorist group released the video on Sunday showing some of the over 200 girls abducted in 2014 from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, Borno State in Northeast Nigeria.

While addressing reporters after a workshop organised for top Security Chiefs in Abuja, General Olonishakin said that the demand that the Federal Government swap detained Boko Haram members for the Chibok Girls was a political decision that would not stop ongoing military operations.

The workshop was organised for top Security Chiefs on how to respond to emergency situations such as terrorism and flood inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

For the second time since their abduction two years ago, the video of the missing Chibok Girls with their captors has gone viral.

This latest release coincides with the workshop for members of the National Security Council behind closed doors.

How to respond to emergency situations is also said to be of importance to the Security Council, not just in the area of terrorism, but also in disaster management.

Also at the workshop was the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, who reiterated his position that the government was on top of the situation.

He said efforts to rescue the girls would continue until the girls are out.

That’s an optimism many Nigerians would want to see happen in the nearest possible future.

For now, they say the Chibok girls have over stayed in the hands of Boko Haram and that is seen as a challenge for the government.


The Boko Haram had in the video claimed that the Nigerian Air Force killed some of the girls in aerial bombardments. It also released video footages showing some deceased girls.

Earlier, General said the the Nigerian military has begun analysing the new Boko Haram video posted by the terrorist.

He also said that the war against Boko Haram was a military operation that is going on appropriately.

 

Jordan Collaborates With Nigeria On Terrorism

Nigeria-Jordan-Collaborate-On-terrorismThe Republic of Jordan and Nigeria are exploring areas of collaboration to bring an end to the threats posed by the Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s northeast.

A delegation led by the Special Adviser to the King of Jordan on Political Affairs, Mr Manas Dabbas, were in Nigeria on Wednesday.

The delegation congratulated the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the Nigerian Armed Forces for their persistence at reducing the activities of the Boko Haram Terrorists.

Jordan sought closer collaboration in the area of intelligence gathering, regional cooperation and capacity building to enhance total eradication of extremist groups in Africa.

Mr Dabbas stated that the world was experiencing serious security threats from assorted radical groups like Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and Al Shabbab among others.

He called for combined efforts by affected countries to provide mechanisms to under study conflicts and crisis occasioned by terrorist organisations with the aim of defeating such terrorist groups.

The spokesman for His Royal Majesty King Abdullah II praised the efforts of the CDS in piloting the affairs of the Nigerian Armed Forces and promised his country’s commitment to assisting Nigeria in combating the threat posed by Boko Haram.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, thanked the Jordanian envoy for the visit and told the delegation about the operations of the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the synergy between regional troops to degrade the Boko Haram terrorists.

The CDS solicited for cooperation in the area of training and provisions of counter Improved Explosive Devices (IEDs) and emphasised the need to interface with regional forces and security agencies to eliminate the threat of terrorism.

He was accompanied by some Principal Staff Officers from Defence Headquarters to receive the Jordanian delegation.

Military Says It Will Ensure ‘One Indivisible Nigeria’

CDS_OlonisakinNigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, has said the Nigerian military would continue to maintain one indivisible entity.

He spoke in Abuja on Thursday while receiving the Commander of the French forces in Senegal , Brigadier General Pascal Facon, at the defence headquarters.

General Olonisakin stressed that no matter the attempt of any group or persons to entrench disunity in some sections of the country, the Nigerian military “will fight to ensure one Nigeria and one destiny”.

Collaborate In Fighting Insurgency

His guest, Brigadier General Facon, had told the gathering that the French government was willing to collaborate in fighting insurgency in the north-east.

He further applauded the Nigerian military for their successes in containing the activities of Boko Haram.

Recently the Federal Government has faced several protests from pro-Biafra group in the south-east, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria and the Boko Haram insurgency which has claimed more than 10,000 lives and displaced over 2.2 million persons.

Multi-National Joint Task Force Deepens Strategy Against Boko Haram

Nigerian troops in North-eastThe Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF), comprising Nigeria, Chad and Niger, have met in Nigeria to further strategise on the operations of the task force fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in the north-eastern part of Nigeria.

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Badeh, said the meeting was sequel to the meetings in N’djamena in Chad and Niamey in Niger to fine-tune areas in the operations where there were difficulties.

He said that the session would be a truth-telling session to ensure that the operations run smoothly and continue to achieve the desired results by the three countries.

In attendance at the meeting were the Chief of Defence Staff for Chad, Lieutenant General Brahim Seif, and that of Niger, Lieutenant General Garba Seyni.

The Nigerian Army had on February 6 signed an operational agreement with Chadian Army to intensify efforts aimed at ending the activities of the terrorist group, Boko Haram in the north-eastern part of Nigeria.

The memorandum of understanding was signed at a meeting held in Abuja between Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Badeh and his Chadian counterpart, Major-General Ibrahim Seid Mahamat, to straighten modalities for the counter terrorism operations along the Nigeria-Chad border.