The United States Government on Friday reaffirmed its commitment to partner with Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram and rebuild communities devastated by the dreaded insurgents.
The country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power, made the pledge in Yola, Adamawa State, while addressing a town hall meeting at the American University of Nigeria, AUN.
Mrs. Power said she led a delegation of top U.S. military, intelligence, business and diplomatic corps to consult with the leadership of Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad on ways of ending insurgency in the region.
She described Boko Haram as the world’s most ruthless terror group, saying the massacre of scores of children in Nigeria’s Northeast showed the group’s level of wickedness.
“The military must play a key role in ending Boko Haram not only by driving terrorists out the territories but train its various units to prevent terrorists from retaking territories that we liberated,” she said.
“Boko Haram moves back and forth, they respect no boundaries and so we have to coordinate the different military in the region to be able to fight them.
“As the military engages Boko Haram, it is important that they respect human right so they preserve and earn trust from the public.
“This is something we have discussed in Cameroon, Chad and yesterday with President Muhammadu Buhari. All the governments that are involved in the war against terrorism must respect human rights.