Thursday, July 23

Buhari has a lot of work to do - US

United States government has said President Muhammadu Buhari has a lot of work to do to end the ongoing Boko Haram attacks in the country.

This was stated at a press briefing on Wednesday by the US Department of State.

According to the US Department of State’s spokesman, John Kirby, the US will do what it can to help the Federal Government. He added that the exact amount of money the US government will commit to the fight against terrorism in Nigeria was not available at the time he was fielding questions from journalists.

Kirby said, “We want to do what we can to help President Buhari as he begins to form his government and set the priorities and goals for his administration. Certainly security support with respect to counter-terrorism, particularly Boko Haram. He has already taken some steps, particularly in the security sector, to try to improve their ability to go after a group like that. You know he basically hired all new chiefs of staff for his military services.

“So there’s a lot of work to do, and he was very frank yesterday that he knows he has a lot of work to do. And he does want the support and help – again, I just – I can get you the dollar figure later. But I suspect that that support will change too over time as the needs in Nigeria are better defined going forward under his leadership.”

In a related development, Boko Haram on Wednesday killed 50 people following two suicide attacks and series of bomb blasts in Gombe State and Cameroon.

Last week (Thursday), 49 people were killed in a bomb attack on a market in the state.

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