As the federal government continues to fight against Boko haram and its terrorist attacks on the North-East end of the country, many international bodies who have pledged their supports, have not also slacked in fulfilling them. The United States will today, donate 24 mine-resistant and armor-protected vehicles to the Nigerian Army.
The vehicles, which are valued at $11m, would be handed over to the military authorities at the Nigerian Army 9th Brigade Parade Ground, Ikeja Army Cantonment in Lagos.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General Lagos,
“The US is pleased to donate 24 Mine-Resistant, Armor-Protected (MRAP) vehicles valued at $11m to Nigeria’s military authorities.
The equipment donation represents part of the continuing US commitment to Nigeria and its neighbors to counter Boko Haram’s senseless acts of terror and promote regional security”.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and the Commander United States Africa Command (USAAFRICOM), Gen. David Rodriguez, said this in a joint online press conference.
Rodriguez said the U.S. has continued to share intelligence with the Nigerian leadership, about the Chibok girls as well as other people who have been taken by Boko Haram.
“We will continue to do that and pursue the effort of rescuing the girls.’’
The commander said the U.S. would continue to promote peace and security in Africa as a priority and that was why the command exists” He said.
He also added that the command supports peace keeping efforts and strengthens the capacity of Africa military through partnership.
“The United States government is commitment to assisting African countries as they build their capacity to counter terrorism, which AFRICOM is key to providing such assistance.
In Nigeria, we continue to share intelligence with the Nigerian military in the fight against insurgency.’’