Monday, 5 May 2014

Nigeria's Insecurity

Nigeria’s Insecurity Worries US As Obama Sends Envoy On Conflict Affairs

Apparently worried by the level of insecurity in Nigeria as a result of the continuous killings and kidnapping of innocent people by member of the Boko Haram Sect, United States president, Mr. Barack Obama, has approved an urgent trip to Nigeria by the US Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations, Mr. Rick Barton.
Apart from the media note which was issued on the trip by the office of the Spokesperson of the Department of State on Friday, LEADERSHIP gathered that the trip of the US envoy on Conflicts Affairs which will last till the 29th April, 2014 in Nigeria was approved by President Obama as a result of the persistent discussions between the US leader and members of his cabinet as well as US security agencies on the issue of Boko Haram and the need for foreign intervention to curb the insurgents.
This development surfaced few days after the Chairperson of the House of Representatives Diaspora Affairs Committee, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, called on the federal government to urgently seek for foreign assistance if it actually wanted to stop terrorism in Nigeria, stressing that there was an urgent need to seek for help abroad since all the methods being used by the government to curb Boko Haram were not working.
Dabiri-Erewa noted that she expected President Goodluck Jonathan to have invited Nigerian security experts who are based abroad in order to assist him map out strategies on how to stop the everyday killings of innocent rather than going to sing and dance in Kano just few days after the bombing that killed several people in Nyanya, Abuja and abduction of 234 female students in Borno state.
According to the White House media note a copy which was obtained by our correspondent, the trip which was learnt had been long due will give Mr. Barton the chance to hold discussions and consultations with the Nigerian government and the security agencies in the country on how Boko Haram and the people behind it can be stopped permanently.
The meetings which will be held in different states and locations in Nigeria, according to the media note, are to enable the United States government understand the areas where the federal government requires its support to restore peace and security to the country.
“The Assistant Secretary will also meet Nigerian government officials to discuss preventing conflict and violence. He will also discuss non-violent problem-solving with members of the Niger Delta Legacy Board of Directors and local communities in Lagos and the Niger Delta.
Assistant Secretary Barton will be in Nigeria for the premiere of “Dawn in the Creeks,” a CSO-funded, Nigerian-led television program that showcases stories of non-violent problem-solving in communities throughout the Niger Delta. Part of a mass media campaign led by a group of influential Nigerian leaders, including civic activists and Nollywood stars, the show will help to amplify a new narrative for the Niger Delta to drown out the adage that only violence pays” the note reads in part.
It would be recalled that in September 2013, the U.S. State Department launched a conflict mitigation initiative in Nigeria’s Delta region where it said that Nigeria plays a critical role in Africa’s stability.
At the launching, the United States government said that it had a strong interest in Nigeria’s peace, prosperity, and security, stressing that the resource-rich Niger Delta was vital to Nigeria’s economic health and its stability was a top priority.
The U.S. initiative in the Delta aims to address the risk of destabilizing violence and increase confidence in the power of nonviolent problem-solving among citizens, government, and other key actors. (Source  : Leadership News paper Nigeria)

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