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General News of Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Source: The Nation

British envoy expresses concern over Nigeria’s worsening security situation

Nigeria’s worsening security situation is a source of concern, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing has said.

Laing however said that the UK government was prepared to help Nigeria win the war against insecurity.

The British envoy spoke on Wednesday while on the sidelines of a reception held to welcome home the 2019/2020 UK Chevening Scholarship beneficiaries.

Laing said the UK government had been helping the Nigerian military in the areas of training, campaign planning, and how to counter IEDs.

She said, “We are extremely concerned about the deteriorating security situation.

“I mean, Nigeria is facing a lot of problems everywhere – in the Northeast, terrorism; in the Northwest, banditry, kidnapping; in the Middle Belt, the farmers-herders conflict; in the South, the Niger Delta conflict everywhere.

“And the secession movements in the Southeast. So, Nigeria is really struggling.

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

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