- Monday 20th July 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari held discussion on threats posed by the extremist group Boko Haram.
- Obama endorsed Nigerian leader’s agenda for defeating Boko Haram and cited the importance of cooperating on security issues.
- U. S. promises strong support for the Nigeria’s new President quoting that he has a clear agenda for defeating the Islamist militant group Boko Haram and also endorsed his strategies to root out corruption.
- Buhari’s visit to the White House is meant to usher in a new chapter in relations between the two countries.
Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari is faced with Boko Haram insurgency in his country. During his campaign pledges, he had promised to root out the Islamist militants menace when elected.
The notorious extremist group continues to wage multiple attacks in home base Nigeria and even to neighboring countries Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon.
Recently the President sacked high ranking military chiefs in Nigeria in what was termed as their inability to defeat Boko Haram.
Buhari’s move on July 13 to fire military chiefs appointed by his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan clears the way for more military cooperation whom he accused of virtually refusing to investigation corruption and human right abuses by the Nigerian military.
Since Buhari’s election, Washington has committed $5 million in new support for a multi-national task force set up to fight Boko Haram.
Boko Haram promotes a version of Islam which makes it “haram”, or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society and mostly it’s against citizens going to learning institutions for education.
The extremist group pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group (ISIL) – now calls itself “West African province”– views anyone not in Muslim religion as an infidel deserving to be punished.
Boko Haram outfit is known to kidnap civilians, mostly they are forced to join and fight for them against their will. Notably, the extremists kidnapped 276 Nigerian school girls who are still missing.
U.S. cooperation to offer intelligence to help the Nigeria’s effort in fighting the militants as well supports the communities who have suffered from the outfit’s brutality.
Buhari assumed office in March, Obama praised the Nigeria President as a man of integrity and would discuss ways to cooperate against the milirants group, which has wreaked havoc in parts of the West African country.
The United States is also looking to improve its economic ties with Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer.