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The U.S. To Collaborate With Nigeria To Battle Terrorism

Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Jon Finer, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor, brief reporters at the end of the meeting held in Abuja on October 18, 2021.

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The United States Government is not only combative terrorism within its province but also expanding a helping hand to Nigeria in a new move to address global terrorism.

As part of the criteria to tackle the threat, Jon Finer, the US Deputy National Security Advisor, met with Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Monday in Abuja where modalities for collaboration between both countries were discussed.

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Although there are plans for other areas of partnership, fighting terrorism is a common preference for both countries.

According to the US official, the Joe Biden regime underscores the significance of mutual collaboration in areas of climate change, COVID-19, as well as the battling insurgency in the country.

“It is crucial and important for close relationship for the United States and I want to start by underscoring that,” said Finer.

“It is at the centre of so many of us, strategic priorities from getting our arms around the global pandemic to climate change to democracy agenda.”

On his part, Onyeama said the Nigerian government had a productive engagement – that bordered on cooperation on the coronavirus disease – with the United States.

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Nigeria has been fighting terrorism for more than a decade now, with Boko Hara and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) arising as the dominant forces in the conflict.

Since May when Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau executed himself to avoid capture by jihadist antagonists, ISWAP has been centralizing in areas it controls in the North East.

The group fracture from Boko Haram in 2016 and rose to become a prominent jihadist group, concentrating on attacking military bases and ambushing troops.

Thousands have been murdered and millions displaced in the region as an outcome of the conflict which began in 2009, and the violence has spread over the borders to Chad, Niger, and Cameroon.

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