“Boko Haram is a threat to human existence.”
Nigeria and the U. S. are to strengthen strategies to tackle terrorism in Nigeria and bring the activities of insurgents to an end.
This was disclosed following a meeting between the Senate President, David Mark, and America’s Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, in Abuja on Saturday.
A statement issued by Paul Mumeh, Chief Press Secretary to Mr. Mark, said the duo rued the loss of lives and the strain on economic and socio-political lives caused by activities of the sect.
Mr. Mark said Boko Haram was not only a threat to Nigeria but posed a great danger to human existence.
He said the threat was closer than was ever imagined, adding that he believed that the extremists had wider networks and support outside Nigeria.
The senate president acknowledged the efforts of Nigeria’s security operatives but added that support and assistance from the international community was critical to ending the activities of the insurgents.
“The United States of America is a strategic ally to us. We count on your support and military assistance always especially in this battle against the terrorists,” he said.
He said that everything humanly possible was being done by the Federal Government to free hostages especially the girls of Chibok Secondary School in Borno held by the sect members.
Mr. Entwistle pledged the continuous support and assistance of the U.S. government to end terrorism in the country.
He, however, cautioned that in the war against insurgents, the security operatives should be mindful of human rights in order not to cause more damage while trying to solve the problem.