Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom(UK), has stated that the British government is determined to help Nigeria combat the menace posed by Boko Haram militants.
After talks with President Muhammadu Buhari in the nation’s capital Abuja, Mrs May announced the two countries had signed a defence and security partnership which could see the UK train, for the first time, full army units to combat insurgents in the north-east of Nigeria.
It aims to stop the insurgent group’s “regional menace from spreading and posing a direct threat to the UK”, Downing Street said.
The PM said: “Insecurity, violence and extremism destabilise countries and regions and undermine growth – holding back entire generations from reaching their potential.
“It is only when people are safe and communities stable that nations have the opportunity to thrive.
“We are determined to work side by side with Nigeria to help them fight terrorism, reduce conflict, and lay the foundations for the future stability and prosperity that will benefit us all.”
Boko Haram fighters have killed more than 20,000 people and forced around two million people to flee since their insurgency began almost a decade ago.