The United States government says it will be partnering with the military forces from Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon in a bid to crush Boko Haram insurgency.
Disclosing this, the US Department of State said its Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is expected to visit the three countries between April 16 and 23 with the aim of highlighting the growing threat of the terrorist group in the Lake Chad Basin.
The Department said, “Boko Haram is one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world. It poses an acute threat to civilians across the Lake Chad Basin, and the group’s increasing lethality and relationship with ISIL are a cause for alarm.
“As the world notes with sadness the second anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, we must work with partners in the region to develop a comprehensive counter-Boko Haram effort that includes a more coordinated military campaign, improved humanitarian access and response, a well-resourced stabilisation and governance strategy, and expanded efforts to combat violent extremism.”
According to the US Department of State, the Ambassador while in Nigeria is expected to meet with the Nigerian leadership and civil society in Abuja before travelling to the North-East to visit a settlement camp for civilians displaced by Boko Haram’s violence.
She is also expected to host a town hall meeting with students and will participate in a “Peace through sports” event with young Nigerians.
The US Ambassador will also be visiting Chad and Cameroon in its quest to form alliance against the insurgency group.