This is contained in a statement by the Information Unit, U.S. Embassy in Abuja and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). It stated that the US envoy, Samantha Power, the United State Ambassador to the UN, had earlier visited Cameroon and Chad between April 16 and 20 to underscore the rising danger the insurgence poses to the Lake Chad Basin region. It states;
“Boko Haram is one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world.
” It poses an acute threat to civilians across the Lake Chad Basin, and the group’s increasing lethality and relationship with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are cause for alarm.”
It regrettably acknowledged the second anniversary of the kidnapping of Chibok Girls since 2014. The statement stressed the need to work with partners in the region to develop a comprehensive counter-Boko Haram effort.
So far, the Islamic extremists who are constantly losing grounds in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, have spread their web to neighboring countries; Cameroon and Chad, attacking and killing scores in their wake.
UNICEF estimated that since the Boko Haram attacks in these three regions (Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad), 670,000 children have been out of the classrooms for more than a year, more than 1,800 schools remain closed, damaged, looted, set on fire or used to shelter those left homeless in north-eastern Nigeria and Cameroon.
Children have also been separated from their parents during the conflict, with UNICEF putting the figure at more than 5,000. Reports further reveal that Boko Haram’s use of child bombers has increased over the last year with one in five suicide attacks now done by children, the UN’s child agency says.