US reaffirms commitment to assisting Nigeria fight Boko Haram

The United States has restated its commitment to assist Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram and rescue the Chibok girls.

Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Harama
More than 200 Chibok girls were kidnapped from a school in North East Nigeria in April 2014. They remain in captivity till today.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and the Commander United States Africa Command (USAAFRICOM), Gen. David Rodriguez, stated this in a joint online press conference on Thursday.

According to local media reports, Thomas-Greenfield noted that President Muhammadu Buhari was going to be in Washington later this month for meetings with the administration and that “we will have discussions with him on what we can do to continue to assist Nigeria and their effort to fight against Boko Haram.

“Part of that discussion will be how we can provide the equipment and support that Nigerians require. Part of what we will do is to engage with the new government, we will have discussion on what we can do to continue to assist Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram.

“Human rights are an important value for the United States and in any place that we are providing lethal weapons.

“We want to know that the militaries that we are providing those weapons do not use that in a way that violates the human rights of ordinary civilians so we will have that discussion moving forward,” she said. Thomas-Greenfield said the U.S. government would discuss these issues with the Nigerian government and that they would also discuss how to better prepare the Nigerian military to support communities.

Thomas-Green also said that the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls was high priority for the U.S. government.

On his part, Rodriguez noted that the U.S. has continued to share intelligence with the Nigerian leadership, about the Chibok girls as well as other people who have been taken by Boko Haram.

“We will continue to do that and pursue the effort of rescuing the girls,’’ he said.

The commander said the U.S. would continue to promote peace and security in Africa as a priority and that was why the command exists.

He said the command supports peace keeping efforts and strengthens the capacity of Africa military through partnership.