U.S. not interfering in Nigeria’s internal security by placing bounty on Boko Haram leader- NIIA boss

Boko Haram has become Nigeria's biggest headache of the moment

The U.S. has placed a bounty of $7 million on the Boko Haram leader.

The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), has urged Nigerians not to see the U.S . $7 million (N1.1 billion) ransom on Abubakar Shekau— leader of Boko Haram sect– as interference in the nation’s affairs.

Professor Bola Akinterinwa, the NIIA Director-General, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday.

He said it should rather be seen as a step in the right direction.

The $7 million dollars ransom was part of the $23 million posted on Monday by U.S State Department’s Reward for Justice programme. It is to help track down Mr. Shekau and some leaders of Al-qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb spreading terror in Nigeria and other West African countries.

“There is nothing like the U.S Government’s interference in this case. Activities of Boko Haram are by the day assuming a worsening dimension that Nigeria alone cannot handle.

“Boko Haram is a terrorist group and terrorism is an international virus that should be dealt with through the right surgical operation. This is simply what the U.S is doing.

“Due to international relations, other countries of the world have the right to support Nigeria in curtailing the activities of Boko Haram.

“So, Nigerians should see the U.S gesture as a welcome development,” Mr. Akinterinwa said.

Mr. Akinterinwa said that the “Nigerian Terrorists Act” also applied to its allies and friends to ensure protection of lives during emergencies.

The director-general said that there was a development in international relations, which has “made nonsense of the UN Charter on non-interference clause.

“Also, the Constitutive Act of the African Union has abrogated the OAU Charter provision on non-interference by providing for intervention when the need arises.

“In the same vein, issues of fundamental human rights do not fall within the domestic preserve of any country,” he said.



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