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Britain Expresses Concern Over Insecurity In Nigeria



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The British Government has expressed deep concern over the worsening security situation in Nigeria, calling for quick solution the the problem.

The British High commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, made the concern known while speaking with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

Speaking on the sidelines of a reception held to welcome home the 2019/2020 UK Chevening scholarship beneficiaries, Laing said the UK government is keen on helping Nigeria win its fight against insecurity.

The High Commissioner said the UK had been helping the Nigerian military in the areas of training, campaign planning, and how to counter IEDs.

She said: “We are extremely concerned about the deteriorating security situation.

“I mean, Nigeria is facing a lot of problems everywhere – in the northeast, terrorism; in the northwest, 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.

“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.

Laing said the recent visit of the UK minister of armed forces also showed the commitment of the UK government.

“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.

Commending the Chevening programme, Lang said it was an initiative by the UK government aimed at preparing future leaders who would not only excel in academic qualifications but also give back to their respective countries.

She said Nigeria already had 1,300 Chevening alumni “currently occupying important positions in power” and thereby providing the UK with both “access and influence”.

Speaking, Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, asked the Chevening scholarship beneficiaries to impart the knowledge and skills gained for Nigeria’s development.

“Your return to Nigeria should make a meaningful impact, as you are expected to contribute your own quota to Nigeria’s development and polity,” Dabiri-Erewa said.

NIDCOM boss, who was represented by Sule Bassi, Secretary of the commission, appreciated the UK government for the scholarship opportunity which many Nigerians had benefitted from.

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