UK announces new security assistance for Nigeria
The UK has signed a security and defence pact with Nigeria that would help President Muhammadu Buhari’s adminstration fight Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
The announcement was made during Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit.
A statement says the UK “will expand its provision of equipment and training for the Nigerian military to help them protect themselves from the threat of improvised explosive devices used by terrorists”.
The Boko Haram insurgency, which started in 2009, has led to the deaths of over 20,000 people, with almost two million displaced from their homes in the north-east of the country.
Prime Minister May said:
“We are determined to work side-by-side with Nigeria to help them fight terrorism, reduce conflict, and lay the foundations for the future stability and prosperity that will benefit us all.”
The deal also involves a new $16m (£13m) programme to educate 100,000 children whose learning has been disrupted by the fighting.
The programme will provide school equipment, teacher training and safe places to learn.
The UK will also help with counter terrorism tactics that will help Nigeria disrupt the recruitment of militants.
Cover photo: UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Nigeria today for her second leg of her three day trip in Africa. Photo: PA