The United States government has announced a contribution of $5 million to the Multinational Joint Task Force in support of the war against the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.
The U.S. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, announced the donation in a telephone news briefing at the 25th African Union Summit.
Thomas-Greenfield said the US had been working with Nigeria and other African countries to address their concerns about Boko Haram because it viewed the insurgency challenge as not just a Nigerian problem.
She disclosed that the US had been working with the Nigerian government and providing information, training and support.
The US top diplomat said the US was already holding talks with the new administration of President Buhari on how to bolster US support.
“We are providing some training and support and we’ll love to work with the new administration to see how we might increase the level of support to Nigeria.
“At the same time, we’ve just announced at the venue of the AU, five million dollars contribution to the Multinational Task Force.
“We are also providing some equipment and support and we have a number of meetings with the countries who are members of the Multinational Joint Task Force to look at other areas we might support,” she said.