By Ben Agande
Abuja — President Goodluck Jonathan has solicited the support of United States of America (USA) government to fight the Boko Haram menace as well as crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region.
He made the call when he received the Commander of the United States’ Africa Command, AFRICOM, General Carter Ham, who paid a courtesy call to the State House,Abuja, yesterday.
The President called on theUnited Statesto assistNigeriato find lasting solution to the security challenges, such as Boko Haram, policing the nation’s extensive maritime borders, crude oil theft and kidnapping.
While commending the global role of theUSAin promoting global peace and security, Jonathan said the role played by theUSAhad engendered a safer and more secure world.
According toJonathan,Nigeriadeeply “appreciates the commitment of theUnited Statesto assist in ensuring that the world is safe and secure.”
He also briefed General Ham on his visit toMaliand the efforts by ECOWAS to resolve the conflict in that country, adding that the situation could still be contained if the right steps are taken quickly.
Earlier, Gen. Ham had revealed that he had taken advantage of his paper presentation at theNationalDefenceCollegeto hold talks with security agencies on ways to strengthen the partnership between Nigerian and American forces.
He promised that theUSAwas ready to cooperate withNigeriain areas such as maritime security, communications, development of civil-military capabilities, and resolving the conflict inMali.
Gen. Ham commendedNigeria’sDefenceCollegefor the harmonious working relationship between military personnel and civilians with participants from neighbouring countries on security issues.