Sunday, 21 February 2016

USA:The Fight Against Boko Haram Will Take A Long Time

The US assistant secretary for the Bureau of African AffairsLinda Thomas-Greenfield
said that the fight against Boko Haram sect would be long. More investments are needed for ensuring jobs creation and economic development in the northeast affected by insurgency. She claimed that the anti-Boko Haram battle would require time, perseverance and huge resources. 

According to The Punch, the official made the remark in Washington speaking at the Capitol Visitor Centre. She further stated the importance of identifying insurgency causes to develop reasonable solutions. These resources should be directed both at eliminating terrorism and restoring normal life in the region. “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.”