June 15, 2015 – US Gives Nigeria & Others $5 Million To Fight Boko Haram
The United States says it has announced a five million US dollars contribution to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), to boost the military operation against the Boko Haram insurgency.
The US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, announced this at news briefing via telephone from the African Union Summit on Monday on the US interests in Africa,
NAN correspondent monitored the press briefing at the US Embassy in Abuja. “We have been working with Nigeria as well as the African countries innovation to address their concerns about Boko Haram because we don’t see this as just a Nigerian problem.
“We are having discussions with President Buhari on how we might bolster our support. We have already been working with them and providing information.
“We are providing some training and support and we’ll love to work with the new administration to see how we might increase the level of support to Nigeria.
At the same time, we’ve just announced at the venue of the AU, five million dollars contribution to the Multinational Task Force.
“We are also providing some equipment and support and we have a number of meetings with the countries who are members of the Multinational Joint Task Force to look at other areas we might support.”
Thomas-Greenfield said that Africa had faced “some really horrendous terrorist attacks” over the past two years.