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Posted on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 18:43

Nigeria and U.S in terrorism fight

By Konye Obaji Ori

The United States has reiterated its willingness to capacitate the Nigerian security services in dealing with a terrorist onslaught posed by extreme Islamist group, Boko Haram.

Extremist group, Boko Haram has caused widespread havoc in Nigeria in recent years/Photo/ReutersAmerica made the offer at Nigeria-US commission discussions in Abuja on Tuesday, after the Nigerian government asserted that "it will not, under any condition, negotiate with Boko Haram".

The US and Nigeria also resolved to hold technical sub-working group meetings to explore what has been referred to as "the development of a Nigerian intelligence fusion capability".

Both countries believe the intelligence fusion cooperation had become imperative given the importance of information sharing in the war on terror.

The proposed Nigeria-U.S intelligence sharing agreement will reportedly be coordinated through the American embassy in Abuja in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant Nigerian agencies.

The affirmation of US security assistance to Nigeria follows a call by South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) for global assistance to Nigeria to curb the growing insurgency in the North.

The US government appealed for unity among Nigerians, noting that those seeking to undermine the unity of the nation cannot succeed.

Analysts have raised questions about how the collaboration and operational capabilities of the Nigerian security services would be enhanced given the attendant issues bordering on sovereignty.

The Abuja meeting was co-chaired by the Permanent Secretaryin the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Martin Uhomoibhi, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary, William Fitzgerald, and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Joseph McMillan.

Secretary-General's Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit speaking at the UN Security Council on January 16, said Nigeria's vulnerability to terror attacks could jeopardise peace-building, democracy and stability in West Africa.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 19:39

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