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