The British Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, has described Nigeria’s security situation as massively complex, stressing that no partnership would resolve the multiplicity of the country’s problems, whether it is Boko Haram insurgency or a number of other issues.
Duddridge made the comments while responding to questions from journalists attached to Nigeria’s ministry of foreign affairs.
The minister had visited his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama on Tuesday, April 27 to discuss matters of interest between both countries when he was accosted by the reporters.
Duddridge was quoted saying: “The situation is massively complex and no partnership is going to resolve the multiplicity of problems whether it is Boko Haram or a number of other issues.
“In the UK, you have a strong partner across the full gamut of issues. So, it’s not just about intelligence and hard security and military, it’s about societies, it’s about humanitarian support, it’s about education and development partnership.”
Earlier, Onyeama had said Nigeria was dealing with very difficult challenges, especially the unconventional nature of the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism.
He said: “It is asymmetrical warfare, and we’re dealing with very difficult situations. We have an intelligence fusion unit with our partners -the US, UK, France.’’
Speaking on the floor of the Nigerian Senate on the same day, Senator Smart Adeyemi from Kogi state said what Nigeria is facing can be compared to a civil war.
The senator said: “It has gotten to a situation that we cannot sleep with our two eyes closed. Our security system has collapsed and because it has failed we need to look for foreign support.”
Earlier, Senator Adeyemi broke down in tears while making his contributions to the motion. Recall that Nigerian senators earlier expressed fear that Boko Haram insurgents may overrun the nation’s capital, Abuja. The senators expressed their concerns during plenary after a motion, moved through a point of order by Senator Musa Sani from Niger state. Sani, the senator representing Niger East senatorial district, informed his colleagues that members of the terrorist group are just some two hours away from Abuja.
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