THE UNITED States of America
has asked President Muhammadu
Buhari to hold perpetrators of Boko
Haram insurgency accountable
for killings and other atrocities
committed by the sect.
US also commended efforts of the
Nigerian military forces, and those
of neigbouring Chad, Niger and
Cameroun in trying to crush the
terrorists ravaging the African subregion.
The Americans condemned recent
Boko Haram attacks in Borno and
Yobe states which have claimed not
less than 296 lives and hundreds of
others wounded in the last three
weeks, adding that the recent
attacks were a reminder that Boko
Haram was capable of wreaking
major havoc.
This was contained in a statement
issued in Washington by US
Department of State’s spokesman,
John Kirby, who called on Nigeria
to hold those responsible for the
attacks accountable.
Part of the statement reads, “We
offer our deepest sympathy and
condolences to the families and
friends of the victims of recent
attacks in Borno State, attacks that
resulted in more than 40 deaths.
We condemn in the strongest terms
the continued and widespread
violence inflicted by Boko Haram on
innocent men, women, and children
in Nigeria. Those responsible must
be held accountable.
“These latest attacks serve as a
reminder that despite progress on
the battlefield, Boko Haram remains
capable of deadly and destabilizing
acts of terrorism. We commend the
efforts by the Nigerian military, as
well as the militaries of Chad, Niger,
and Cameroon for the gains they
have made fighting Boko Haram,”
Kirby stated.
The US urged President Buhari
to take further steps to secure and
“govern liberated areas by filling
in behind military successes with
police and civilian administration.”
Last week, the US promised to
work with President Buhari to stop
the menace of the insurgents in
Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

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