The United Kingdom (UK) wants to increase its aid to the Nigerian military in its fight against the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, and other terrorists in the West African sub-region, particularly Mali.
The new British High Commissioner in Abuja, Dr Andrew Pocock, told reporters in Abuja yesterday that London has great interest in Nigeria in view of its size, resources, importance in West Africa, the continent and globally.
He said: “Sadly, terrorism in the North has taken many lives and is damaging economic and development prospects; and increasingly, the daily struggle of too many poor people.
“Nigeria and the UK have a shared agenda not just to address security in the region, but worldwide. Nigeria is not alone in the fight against terrorism in your country. We are with Nigeria considering our interests here.
“We have a long history of military cooperation which we hope to expand. Nigeria is not alone, West Africa is not alone and Mali is not alone.
“The UK has experience of its own which it is already sharing with the Nigerian authorities. What is happening in Nigeria is part of the Sahelian problem just like what is happening in Mali.”