UK Pledges To Support Nigeria In Fighting Terrorism

British Prime Minister, David Cameron said his government would support Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and other activities that threaten its security after the recent series of bombings by the Boko Haram Islamic sect. Cameron made this promise earlier today at a news conference in Lagos after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.

“Britain sees Nigeria as a country with massive potential which should not be allowed to be overtaken by terrorism and other acts capable of breaching peace and security,” he said. “Because of common areas of interest, Britain would partner with Nigeria in fighting terrorism in any form.”

According to the Prime Minister, a delegate was sent to Nigeria to discuss areas of business and investment cooperation between both countries. Cameron said trade relations between both countries were impressive at the moment and hoped that they would be better by 2014.

He announced plans by the British Government to also support Nigeria in realizing the Millennium Development Goals on health.

“We have agreed today to form a significant new partnership on counter-terrorism. Britain will help Nigeria establish the equivalent of our COBR,” Cameron said.

COBR, a Cabinet Office Briefing Room is the formation of a crisis response committee in Britain, coordinating the actions of security bodies within the government.

The minister added that the British Government would also support Nigeria in its fight against corruption.

In response, President Jonathan said, “We need to deal with the situation now, and we are going to work with other countries to achieve our aim.”

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