Boko Haram remains a threat to us â€” US lawmakers
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau
The United Statesâ€™ House of Representatives has said that Boko Haram is still a threat to the American country.
At a hearing held on Friday by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, while passing the amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act to combat Boko Haram, the USâ€™ lawmakers stated that the insurgentsâ€™ activities could not be ignored despite the heat they currently are experiencing from the Nigerian troops.
The Chairman of the committee, Ed Royce, said, â€œBoko Haram is notorious for their vicious kidnappings, killings, and pillaging throughout northern Nigeria. But the story is beginning to change â€“ these terrorists are starting to feel some heat. The Nigerian military has higher morale, and the Africa Union task force is cutting off Boko Haramâ€™s supply lines and reclaiming towns. The pieces are coming into place to destroy this terrorist group; the forces fighting Boko Haram just need crucial support to get the job done. Passing this amendment reaffirms USâ€™ support for the forces on the front lines combating Boko Haram.â€
Another member of the committee, Carolyn Maloney noted that the Islamist group needed to be dealt with completely.
Maloney said, â€œI am proud to stand with Chairman Royce in support of his amendment to clearly affirm that Boko Haram presents a threat not just to one nation, but to the world. Combatting Boko Haram is and should remain a national security priority â€“ and we must remain vigilant in fighting this enemy.â€
The amended act titled, â€˜Report on United States efforts to combat Boko Haram and support regional allies and other partnersâ€™, the USâ€™ lawmakers noted that since the terrorist group remains a national security threat to the country, Washington should continue to work closely with all its allies in combating the insurgents.
â€œCombating Boko Haram is in the national security interest of the United States; the United States should support regional partners, including the African Union-authorised Multinational Joint Task Force, through training and advice and the provision of key enablers to strengthen operations against Boko Haram.
â€œNot later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defence and the Secretary of State shall jointly submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report on an assessment of the threat of Boko Haram to United States national security interests; a description of United Statesâ€™ efforts to combat Boko Haram, including the authorities to carry out such efforts and the roles and missions of the Department of Defence and Department of State; a description of military equipment, supplies, training, and other defence articles and services, including by type, quantity, and prioritisation of such items, required to combat Boko Haram effectively and the gaps within regional allies to engage in the mission to combat Boko Haram,â€ the report said.
The House committee also asked the US government to provide the list of military equipment, supplies, training, and other defence articles and services that the government had provided, â€œis providing, and plans to provide to regional allies and other partners to combat Boko Haram.â€
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