The United Kingdom says Nigeria needs help from other countries to surmount the deteriorating security situation it is facing.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, said this on Wednesday at the reception for returning 2019/2020 UK Chevening Scholarship beneficiaries.
She said: “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.”
“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.’’
“So, we are here for the long term. 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.’’