The United States House of Representatives while amending the National defence Authorisation act has described Boko Haram as vicious nut is under heat from the Nigerian troops. The amendment was titled ‘Report on US efforts to combat Boko Haram and support regional allies and other partners. It is also called the Royce -Maloney amendment to combat Boko Haram . The law makers said that despite the efforts of the Nigerian troops, the terror group could not be ignored and it is still a threat to the United States and noted that since Boko Haram remains a national security threat to the country, Washington should continue to work closely with all its allies in combating the insurgents.
The committee urged the United States government to provide the list of military equipment, supplies, training and other articles and services that the government had provided to the regional allies and other partners to combat Boko Haram.
According to the chairman of the house committee on foreign affairs, Ed Royce(republican- California), ‘Boko Haram is notorious for their vicious kidnappings, killings and pillaging throughout northern Nigeria. But the story is beginning to change. Those terrorists are starting to feel some heat. The Nigerian military has the higher morale, and the Africa Union task force is cutting off Boko Haram supply lines 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 the US support for the forces on the front lines combating Boko Haram.
Another committee member Carolyn Maloney(Democrat- New York) said ‘ The horrific abduction over one year ago of over 200 innocent gilrs peacefully pursuing an education introduced much of the world to the terror Boko Haram has unleashed on Nigeria for years.I am proud to stand with the 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. Combating Boko Haram is and should remain a national security priority and we must remain vigilant in fighting this enemy.
The committee report stated among other things that ‘combating Boko Haram is in the national interest of the US. The US should support regional partners including the Africa Union, authorised multinational joint task force, training, advice and the provision of key enablers to strengthen operations against Boko Haram.
The committee said ‘ not 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 US national security interests. A description of the US efforts to combat Boko Haram, including the authorities to carry out such efforts and the roles and missions of the department of defence and the 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.
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