US avails $45 million to fight Boko Haram
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE United States has committed $45 million in defense articles and services, as well as military education and training, to support some countries’ efforts to defeat the Boko Haram sect.
Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria are poised to benefit.
The initiative will enable the Secretary of State to authorize the provision of critical airlift support and other assistance, including to help the Lake Chad Basin countries move troops and equipment to the border region from which Boko Haram terrorists continue to launch brutal attacks
This assistance builds on training, equipment, and logistical support that the United States is providing using other authorities.
The United States continues providing advisors and share information with our regional partners to enhance counter-Boko Haram operations, as well as victim support and counter-violent extremism programming.
Since 2009, the sect has killed some 10 000 people, devastated communities, and left deep scars in the lives of those affected by its violence.
Its indiscriminate violence has created more than 2 million internally displaced persons and over 200 000 refugees throughout the Lake Chad Basin region.
“Defeating Boko Haram will require a holistic campaign that protects human rights, pairs progress on development and governance with security measures, and fills in behind military successes with civilian
stabilization efforts,” read a statement from the State House.
– CAJ News
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