US commends Nigerian military on insurgency

Adoba Echono, Abuja

US Permanent Representative to UN, Ambassador Samantha Power.

The Nigerian Army has been commended for the success recorded in the fight against the boko haram terrorist group.

The US Permanent Representative to United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power stated this when she visited the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja.

“The Nigerian Army has had notable successes in liberating civilian particularly this year and back into last year and we need to build into that success.

United States will continue to work with Nigeria to ensure the war against terror is won and the abducted Chibok girls are rescued,” she promised.

Ms Power also emphasized the need for Nigeria and US partnership to go beyond the fight against terror but work towards enhancing its trade and economic relations.

She said Nigeria was very strategic in the fight against terror in the region and expressed concern over the humanitarian conditions of the people affected by the terrorists’ activities.

Ms Power said the US was also concerned about the humanitarian crisis caused by the war and pledged US commitment to support countries affected by the boko haram violence.

The envoy who is visiting Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad announced $40 million humanitarian assistance to victims of boko haram violence.

The US envoy pledged that the US commitment to assist Nigeria to pursue any lead that will help in the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls.

She emphasized the need for Nigeria and US to enhance its bi-lateral relations with the establishment of the bi-national commission.

On the drop in oil prices and shortage of refined petroleum products in Nigeria, the envoy pledged the US technical assistance to Nigeria through its embassy in Nigeria.

Humanitarian issue
The Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, while welcoming Ms Power, said Nigeria was committed to addressing the humanitarian situation.

“We and our neighbouring countries are working not only to address the military aspect but the whole humanitarian dimension of the problem and how together we work to move forward to address the humanitarian issue as well as the military.”

Onyeama noted that the support and solidarity of US in the area of military and humanitarian had really helped in the fight against the boko haram terrorist group.

Ms Power who is on a two day visit to Nigeria also met with civil societies groups, religious leaders in the country and also participated in a rally organized by the Bring Back Our Girls Movement in Abuja.

As part of her activities in Nigeria she will also visit the north-eastern part of Nigeria to assess the humanitarian situation faced by displaced persons in the region as a result the boko haram devastation.