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Visiting UK minister condemns Boko Haram terror

11 February 2016, 20:33

Lagos - United Kingdom Minister of State with responsibility for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Joyce Anelay, has reiterated her country’s support to Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram.

During her just-concluded visit to the West African country, she denounced the deadly terror the group had initiated.

“Boko Haram has caused immense suffering to people of different faiths and ethnicities. They commit appalling atrocities against all those who do not follow their extremist and intolerant views,” Anelay.

She said the United Kingdom was committed to help Nigeria fight terrorism and is working closely with Nigeria and our international partners to support those people who have been displaced by the conflict in the north east.

In her meetings with government officials, the Minister raised the importance of the protection of civilians, particularly in preventing gender-based violence, in the fight against Boko Haram.

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She also met a range of NGOs and civil society to discuss UK support for the large numbers of people displaced by the conflict in the north east.

Anelay also met the Bring Back Our Girls campaign and discussed the additional humanitarian support her country is providing to help those affected by the fight against Boko Haram.

This includes £6,7 million to deliver food, education, safe water, shelter material and other basic necessities to those people displaced in Nigeria.

She observed how UK projects are providing education for girls and young women, helping them to achieve their potential and giving them the skills they need to set up their own business.

She observed first-hand UK military personnel training Nigerian soldiers to strengthen the military response to combat Boko Haram in the north east of the country.

It is estimated more than 20 000 people have been killed, over 2,2 million displaced and over 14,8 million affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Anelay visited Nigeria to hold discussions on the protection of civilians in the fight against the terror group.

- CAJ News


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