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UK ready to assist Nigeria in tackling insecurity

The United Kingdom has expressed concerns over the growing cases of insecurity in Nigeria and pledged to be a great asset towards tackling the situation.

Catriona Laing, who is the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, said London is interested in helping Nigeria win in its fight against insecurity.

While speaking at a reception to welcome home the 2019/2020 UK Chevening Scholarship beneficiaries in Abuja on Wednesday, Laing said, “We are extremely concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria.

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I mean Nigeria is facing a lot of problems everywhere – in the North-East, terrorism; in the North-West, banditry, kidnapping; in the Middle Belt, the farmers-herders conflict; in the South, the Niger Delta conflict everywhere.

And the secession movements in the South-East. So, Nigeria is really struggling.

Laing disclosed that the UK government had been helping the military with training, campaign planning and how to counter improvised explosive devices.

Well, we are here to support and help. We have the military team here, who came here after the Chibok girls were kidnapped actually. We are still here, training the Nigerian military, helping them to do campaign planning, how to counter IEDs,” the diplomat said.

She added that the recent visit of the UK’s Minister of Armed Forces, James Heappey, during which he interacted with the government at the highest level, including the service chiefs, also showed the commitment of the UK government to assisting Nigeria in combating insecurity.

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Laing, also asked the federal government to be specific about the support it needed from the UK and what the UK can offer.

“So, we are here for a long time. This is a Nigerian partnership. Your insecurity becomes our insecurity if we don’t help you tackle it. So, we are here and we are trying to do our best to support you,” she said.

Chairperson of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, urged the Chevening scholarship beneficiaries to use the knowledge and skills gained for Nigeria’s development.

Also, Heappey, during his meeting with Nigerian service chiefs, expressed the UK’s readiness to assist Nigeria in tackling the growing insecurity, especially terrorism.

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