Sunday, February 15, 2015

We won’t send troops against Boko Haram – US

The United States Department of Defence has said there is no discussion with President Goodluck Jonathan to send US troops to assist the Nigerian military in fighting Boko Haram.

This was disclosed on Friday by the Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby.
When asked under what circumstance the US would consider sending troops to Nigeria as requested by Jonathan, Kirby stated that the discussion between the US and the Nigerian government was about establishing a multinational task force.
“There is a discussion but it is of a multinational task force that the international community is working with certain African nations to establish. That is right now still in the discussion phase.
“I don’t have a timeline for that. But we believe that we support the discussion and dialogue toward establishing a multinational task force that can operate there to help improve partner capacity, to improve counter-terrorism capabilities. But these are discussions (that) are really just now starting,” the Pentagon’s spokesman said.
“I can tell you that there are no plans as I speak here to send unilaterally, to send or to add US troops into Nigeria. There are no US troops operating in Nigeria.”
Kirby, however, noted that the US was not ruling out sending ground forces as part of the multinational task force.
He said, “Nothing is being ruled out or ruled in. These discussions are really just starting. So, I think it’d be premature to say I know exactly what the US component would be or to characterise it. We’re just not there, yet.”
But, in an interview he granted the Wall Street Journal in Abuja on Friday, Jonathan criticised President Barack Obama’s government for being unwilling to support the Federal Government in fighting the Boko Haram insurgents.
“Are they not fighting ISIS? Why can’t they come to Nigeria? Look, they are our friends. If Nigeria has a problem, then I expect the US to come and assist us,” Jonathan argued.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” the continued escalation of attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists, including deadly attacks during the past week which took the lives of many civilians in Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
In a statement late Friday, the Council deplored the ongoing escalation of Boko Haram violence, which has spread beyond Nigeria.


  1. hian! US with their diplomatic propaganda! the tin dey vex me jor....You say you know where the chibok girls are, yet you refuse to assist the government therein? Na because we no gree sign una gay law int practice fah? hahaaa.that will never happen kwo...we are africans, and are decent people...true our oil price is down and our currency is down, but we will bounce back! even without your help...we are africans, we are Nigeria, we are Africa! Africans ahuh!!!!!

  2. Hehe..Emma your speech sounding like one of those of the comrades contesting for SUG in my We are Africa! Africans ahuh!!!!!!!!.

  3. hahahahahaaa....Ovo oooo....SUG comrades ke? hehehheee...Na as the tin take touch my heart ooooo...imagine they now choose who to help? they are waiting to see if we will finally become a failed state...fa faa faa, fawol!!!

  4. That's why they are called world power... but still that is why diarisGod!

  5. World power so they opress when they feel like? what's the differnce between what they are doing now and racism? abegi....they shuld park well jor...we serve the ALMIGHTY God...AGBUNURE is His name..let the google that if they can! **adjusts his agbada and strolls out**