Defeating Boko Haram Will Be A Long Fight – US

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The United States government has said the
fight against Boko Haram insurgents will be
a long fight.
It therefore called on academics and think
tanks to assist in resolving the Boko Haram
crisis by finding out the underlying causes
of the insurgency.
Speaking recently at the Capitol Visitor
Centre, US House of Representatives in
Washington, the US Assistant Secretary,
Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-
Greenfield, said the ongoing battle against
the terrorist group would require
perseverance and huge resources.
“We need academics to help us understand
the underlying conditions that led to Boko
Haram. We need think tanks to identify
creative solutions.
We need the business community to help
bring investments in the region and to
create jobs and spur greater economic
development in the affected areas. We need
our ambassadors.
We need our African ambassadors based
here in Washington to advocate for more
resources in the fight against Boko Haram,
and greater cooperation among the Lake
Chad Basin countries.
“This will be a long fight that requires
perseverance, and it is going to require
strong resources. We all know the stakes are
high.
We know what the stakes are. But now is
the time — now is the time for us to work
together with our African partners to
redouble our efforts to defeat Boko Haram
and create the bright future — and it’s a
bright future that all of the people of Africa
deserve.
But I would say in this case, particularly, a
bright future for the people of northern
Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin,” the US
official said.
According to Thomas-Greenfield, there is
hardly any protest whenever people are
killed in Nigeria and other countries in
Africa.
She noted that in the US people protest
human rights violations but that “there’s
rarely a protest every single day when we
hear that Boko Haram is killing people.”
“The outcry in Nigeria and internationally
over the killings of the Chibok school girls
was impressive – but it was slow. We
waited to hear what people would say.
Those protests, once they started, helped
greatly to raise awareness of Boko Haram’s
brutality. But they were only a start. We
must say something,” she said.
Source: PunchNg

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