School abductions: “We are ready to assist if the Nigerian government asks” – US

The United States has expressed willingness to help Nigeria curb the spate of mass abduction of schoolchildren in the country.

U.S. Bureau of African Affairs digital in a press briefing on Thursday, revealed the decision of the American government.

Speaking on the US efforts to combat terrorism in Africa, the Bureau via its official twitter handle, US Africa Media, pledged to help Nigeria combat the menace of school kidnapping if Abuja shows readiness.

“We are disgusted with the mass kidnapping of school children in Nigeria. The U.S. is ready to provide the appropriate support to the Nigerian government if requested to do so,” Micheal Gonzales, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, told participants at the briefing.

The media briefing convened by John T. Godfrey was organised to address recent development in U.S. counter terrorism efforts in Africa, including in the Great Lake regions and Mozambique.

Nigeria is faced with the activities of Boko Haram insurgency, banditry and kidnapping.

Between December 2020 and February 2021, bandits have abducted over 800 school children in government schools in Katsina, Niger and Zamfara state respectively.

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