- Nigeria has been warned by the US military about potential attacks by foreign extremists
- The commanding general of the U.S. Army, Africa, however stated that a strategic plan has been put in place to assist Nigeria with reliable border security plans
- Nigeria’s chief of defense staff observed that it had become imperative to combat terrorism, arms proliferation and extremism; given the wave of attacks in recent times
The United States military says it is concerned about attacks being carried out in Nigeria and other West African countries, by foreign extremists, This Day reports.
The sentiment was expressed by the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Africa, Brig Gen Eugene LeBoeuf, at the African Land Forces Summit which took place in Abuja on Monday, April 16.
NAIJ.com gathers that LeBoeuf said a strategic plan had been put in place to assist Nigeria and other countries with reliable border security plans.
He stated: “To respect our security cooperation activities, we again will support border security activities through invitation to help support our African allies.
“We are all concerned over attacks from foreign extremists’ orgainisation and so the U.S. is interested in supporting our partner nations to secure their borders and enabling security whether in their country or outside.”
Also speaking at the event, the chief of defense staff, Gen Gabriel Olonishakin, pointed out that given the wave of attacks in recent times, it had become imperative to combat terrorism, arms proliferation and extremism.
He said: “Violent extremism, terrorism, human trafficking, proliferation of small arms and light weapons as well as piracy have continued to pose security challenges to our individual and collective countries.
“The Army chiefs of various countries including our partners need to develop and adopt a unified approach to confronting these challenges. Tackling security challenges such as those highlighted above requires a comprehensive decision and unified approach by all stakeholders.
“There is a need for sincere and active collaboration between all stakeholders to strangulate the sources of funding, weapons and groups that pose or have the potential to pose a security challenge at national, regional or continental levels.
“This collaboration can only be possible if we forge lasting friendships that will accommodate common interests and aspirations to safeguard Africa."
NAIJ.com previously reported that nearly 2,000 U.S., European and African counter-terrorism forces were scheduled to conduct an annual exercise, codenamed Flintlock, in multiple locations across Africa.
The U.S. State Department disclosed the development, stating: “Approximately 1,900 service members from 20 African and Western partner nations will participate in Flintlock at multiple locations in Niger, Burkina Faso and Senegal from April 9 to April 20, 2018.”
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