Abuja - The United Kingdom is fully committed to supporting Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram and to help find those abducted, senior officials said.
Foreign Office Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, and International Development Minister, Nick Hurd, made the pledged on the second anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in the northeast state of Borno.
“Our thoughts are with the Chibok schoolgirls, their families and the thousands of other men, women and children who have been brutally abducted by Boko Haram,” the iisters said in a joint statement.
“The abduction of the girls was a particularly horrific example of Boko Haram’s barbaric crimes.”
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The ministers pledged commitment and determination in their support of Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram.
“Since 2014, we have significantly increased our military, intelligence and development support to Nigeria. This includes training and advice for Nigerian armed forces deploying against Boko Haram.”
The UK has also increased its humanitarian support to reach people most in need with food, water and emergency healthcare.
Part of this assistance focuses on ensuring children have a right to education and safe access to schools.
The Boko Haram sparked international outrage on the night of April 14-15 after kidnapping the more than 200 school girls at a primary school in Chibok.
The UK estimates that over 2 000 people were abducted by the group in 2014, and that hundreds more have been taken since.
- CAJ News