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US Pledges Support to Defeat Boko Haram in Nigeria

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The United States Department of State official said yesterday that Boko Haram will be defeated in Nigeria, while adding that the U.S. remains concerned about security in the African nation.

Marie Harf, deputy spokeswoman for the Department of State, said the U.S. would continue to provide necessary support for Nigeria to conquer the people behind the attacks in the country.

Speaking during a press briefing with journalists, Harf said the U.S. would not relent in its efforts to ensure that terrorism was eradicated in Nigeria.

Asked why the United States preferred to assist Nigeria to tackle Boko Haram and abandoned Mali when both countries are facing the same security challenge, Harf said: “Well, actually, I think it’s really comparing apples and oranges here, right? Because, as you know, the assistance was cut off to Mali as the result of a specific political situation in the country, that we ended assistance in response to a very specific situation.

“Look, in Nigeria, obviously, we remain deeply committed to helping the Nigerian Government in its fight against Boko Haram. We remain very concerned about ongoing attacks in Nigeria being perpetrated by Boko Haram, and we will continue discussing with Nigerian authorities appropriate steps to counter this group. We will work with the government and we are sure that Boko Haram will be defeated.

“Obviously, if we have issues with reports of things that they’re doing, we will raise those as well. So I think they’re very different situations, but clearly, we are committed to countering the extremist threat wherever it operates around the world”

Just two days ago, the United States and the United Nations condemned the attack that was made on some students of the College of Agriculture at Gujba local government area of Yobe State on Sunday.

Jen Psaki, a Department of State spokesperson who reacted on behalf of the U.S., said that the United States stood with all Nigerians to reject the heinous violence that continues to be perpetrated by Boko Haram and other extremist groups.

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