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US Pledges $5 Billion to Assist Nigeria’s Fight Against Boko Haram

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US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield

The United States of America says it has pledged a $5 billion contribution to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), to boost the military operation against the Boko Haram insurgency.

This much was disclosed by the US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who made the announcement at a news briefing via telephone from the African Union Summit on Monday on the US interests in Africa.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent monitored the press briefing at the US Embassy in Abuja.

Thomas-Greenfield said:

“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 billion 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 also stated that Africa had faced “some really horrendous terrorist attacks” over the past two years. Among tragedies mentioned were the West Gate and Garissa University attacks in Kenya, and the Boko Haram attacks –  particularly, the kidnapping of the Chibok girls among others.

“While I would not say Africa is under siege, Africa has some major security challenges. That requires a very strong and very concerted strategic effort by African countries and partners to address the security concerns of Africa.” she said.

She further noted that the US is providing a strong support to AU on security as the US has a strong partnership with the continent on security. “We are working closely with the Lake Chad Basin countries: Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon to address the issues of Boko Haram,” she said.

According to her, the US had so far trained about 250,000 African peacekeepers, saying U.S. highest priority in Africa remained security.

NAN reports that the US envoy expressed support to the warrant of arrest issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir.

She said that the US frowned at plans by some African leaders to subvert the constitution to extend their terms in office, saying US supports two-term limit in office.

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16 Comments

  1. Missy J

    June 16, 2015 at 9:26 am

    So his waka waka is already paying off. Nice one! I hope this money gets to serve its rightful purpose. We got you Mr. President.

  2. Mystique

    June 16, 2015 at 9:31 am

    #Greekgift…….

  3. Bruno teacher

    June 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Buhari watch it!
    Nigerians watch Buhari.
    USA can not just yesterday refuse to fight BH nor even sell arms and now they want to fight etc?
    They must be expecting something in return
    Watch this Greekgift

  4. Chizzy

    June 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Who are they fooling???
    US doesn’t give anything for free.

  5. bruno FIERCE

    June 16, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I thought many of you were shouting we don’t need aid from america, to hell with them and their aid, we have culture and morals and God will fight for us blah blah blah (don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m saying, don’t pretend like you’ve forgotten)

    no see your life.
    nigerians=hypocrites.

  6. Fatimah

    June 16, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I believe the correct amount is $5m.

  7. Ashley B

    June 16, 2015 at 10:22 am

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  8. Tgurl

    June 16, 2015 at 10:27 am

    They know how BH started and it’s sponsors, they will tell them to cease fire and claim their $5b helped fight BH and maybe bring something more deadlier than BH or Ebola to Africa.
    I don’t trust them one bit, they always want to control Africa most especially Nigeria.

    • nene

      June 16, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      gbam.

  9. honey

    June 16, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Na so e dey take start o.

    PMB be careful o. We didnt put you there to be collecting gifts from people who we all know dont give free without expecting anything in return.

    I do not trust USA.

  10. Abeg oh

    June 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Abeg Nigeria pls Dont take their money oh.
    USA never gives help for free
    Before you know now Nigeria will give them oil wells in return.
    Let Africa as a whole fight boko haram together.
    The USA has Isis to handle they should go.

    • nene

      June 16, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      gbammest. america never gives unless it receives something in return. evil country!

  11. Ashley b

    June 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    This stunt by the Americans will only benefit the Americans!! Sadly, after the 5 million/billion is being spent, these are only the guarantees American can give.

    1– that there will be more loss of innocent lives!!
    2– for those who don’t know, America owns more than half of the worlds military. So the significance of this is that, there’s always gonna be positive growth in the industries that produce these weapons in America. The executives and staff of these companies get richer whilst we die like dogs in Africa in the name of fighting terrorists!!
    3– this has the possibility of making west and Central Africa fully unstable as it could end up being a full blown out war that will ravage the landscape for another decade and ultimately divert resources from poor Nigerians into some needless American backed war!!

    Nigerian youths……. Pls lets ponder this for a second, if American has 5billion dollars for free to back buharis anti Boko haram stance, why can’t it dash another 5 billion to help transform our national tragic electricity quagmire? Which can be argued it’s more pressing than any dirty Boko haram propaganda!! If the country had been electrified, I tdoubt there would have been the chance to let the Boko haram or any other terrorist organisation blossom.

    America(fucking evil cunts) now they wanna give money for guns for us to kill ourselves? Why not £5 billion for electricity? Cuz the lack of it kills more people in Africa than Boko haram!!

    Sorry for the epistle

  12. Okechukwu Ofili

    June 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    In 2014 the Nigerian government approached the US government to buy weapons with their own money to battle Boko Haram but America refused. They said they could not sell to our army because of their Human rights violation.

    So instead we went to Israel to buy weapons again with our own money but as Israel wanted to sell to us…big brother America said no. And as an obedient puppet Israel refused.
    It’s 2015 and less than a month after a video showing Nigerian Army human rights violation and with much of the same people still in charge, America is pledging not 1 not 2 but 5 billion dollars to Nigeria to battle Boko Haram.

    Hmmm….Countries don’t give money for free. #ObservationNoBeCrime

    • Sam.J

      June 16, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      First of all, it’s $5 million NOT Billion like all these wishywashy news outlets report. True,it seems implausible that Any country will give money just like that, but at least we now have more of a government than before, when we just hear an allegation of missing $20 billions a nothing is done about it,instead we hear verdicts like “…America will know” and yes it true there are still human rights abuses but even though it seems half hearted, for once in recent times we are having an investigation into allegations of human rights abuses by the Nigerian Army,not Maj. Gen Chris Olukolade talking amiss without investigating.

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