Britain Promises To Give Nigeria 94 Billion Naira To Fight Boko Haram
Boko Haram must fall.
On that score, Nigeria has Britain’s backing.
The former colonial master has pledged to give Nigeria aid worth £200 million, about 94 billion Naira over a five-year period to help it cope with the brutal insurgency being waged by Boko Haram jihadists.
According to British foreign ministry in London, Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, has visited Maiduguri, to meet some of those involved in the fight.
Boko Haram insurgency is not child’s play. It has waged war on Nigerian state for the past 8 years, used child suicide bombers and targeted civilians leaving at least 20,000 dead and displaced more than 2.6 million.
“In Maiduguri, I met casualties of Boko Haram violence, including bomb and gunshot victims, and saw for myself the displacement of people that brutality and poverty have created,” Johnson was quoted as saying in the statement.
The £200 million ($260 million, 220 million euros) will help supply food to 1.5 million people facing starvation as a result of the bloody insurgency while providing treatment for over 120,000 children at risk of malnutrition and assisting 100,000 children with educational needs.