Insecurity: Nigeria Needs Help – UK High Commissioner


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The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, says Nigeria’s security situation is worrisome.

She added that the United Kingdom was very willing to assist in combating the security challenges that confront the West African nation.

Laing spoke Wednesday during a reception held in honour of the 2019/2020 UK Chevening Scholarship beneficiaries.

“We are extremely concerned about the deteriorating security situation. 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, farmers-herders conflict; in the South, the Niger Delta conflict; and the secession movements in the South-East. So, Nigeria is really struggling,” the envoy said.

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She stated that British military personnel were already on the ground and collaborating with the Nigerian military, adding that the UK government was still read to offer more support when needed.

“We are here to support and help. We have the military team here, who came here after the Chibok girls were kidnapped. We are still here, training the Nigerian military, helping them to do campaign planning, how to counter IEDs,’’ she stated.


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