The British Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, has described Nigeria’s security situation as massively complex, stressing that no partnership would resolve the multiplicity of the country’s problems, whether it is Boko Haram insurgency or a number of other issues.
Duddridge made the comments while responding to questions from journalists attached to Nigeria’s ministry of foreign affairs.
The British minister had visited his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama on Tuesday, April 27 to discuss matters of interest between both countries when he was accosted by the reporters.
Minister Onyeama shared photos of the meeting with Duddridge on his social media pages.
“The situation is massively complex and no partnership is going to resolve the multiplicity of problems whether it is Boko Haram or a number of other issues.
“In the UK, you have a strong partner across the full gamut of issues. So, it’s not just about intelligence and hard security and military, it’s about societies, it’s about humanitarian support, it’s about education and development partnership.”
Earlier, Onyeama had said Nigeria was dealing with very difficult challenges, especially the unconventional nature of the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism.
“It is asymmetrical warfare, and we’re dealing with very difficult situations. We have an intelligence fusion unit with our partners -the US, UK, France.’’
He, however, commended the British government for all the support given to Nigeria to tackle her numerous challenges, especially in the northeast.
Nigeria continues to battle mounting issues of insecurity across the nation which has negatively affected economic progress in the country.
The situation has prompted loud calls from public office holders in different parts of the countries for the federal government to seek foreign support.
Speaking on the floor of the Nigerian Senate on the same day, Senator Smart Adeyemi from Kogi state said what Nigeria is facing can be compared to its civil war.
The senator said:
“It has gotten to a situation that we cannot sleep with our two eyes closed. Our security system has collapsed and because it has failed we need to look for foreign support.”