Envoy highlights Boko Haram threat to Lake Chad Basin
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – UNITED States Ambassador to the United Nations,Samantha Power, will in the next week be in Nigeria and neighbouring countries to highlight the growing threat Boko Haram poses to the Lake Chad Basin region.
The US Department of Sate confirmed the tour on Friday.
In Nigeria, Power will engage with the Nigerian leadership and civil society in Abuja before traveling to the northeast, the hotbed of insurgency, to visit a settlement camp for civilians displaced by Boko Haram’s violence.
Also in the country, she will host a town hall with students and will participate in a Peace through Sports event with young Nigerians.
She will also visit Cameroon and Chad, two of the countries that have also experienced terror attacks by the militant Islamic group whose reign of terror has claimed over 20 000 lives and displaced more than 2 million.
“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 (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) are cause for alarm,” said the envoy ahead of her tour scheduled for April 16-23.
Power’s visit coincides with the second anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, northeast of 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 stabilization and governance strategy, and expanded efforts to combat violent extremism,” she said.
– CAJ News
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