The United States has called on the Nigerian government to take the lead in the fight against insurgency in the country. The Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command in Africa, Major General Dagvin Anderson, gave the advice at a digital press briefing on Wednesday.
He said the insurgents have started penetrating the north-western part of the country where they were already making some inroads, adding that they were looking to expand further south into the coastal areas. Anderson said the U.S. would continue to support the Nigerian government with intelligence sharing on what the terrorists are doing.
He noted that this would also include supplying constant information on the operations of the insurgents in Borno State and the North-West. The major general stated that for international efforts to yield desired results in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria, the government must take the lead. He made the remarks while responding to questions from journalists about the insurgency in Nigeria which has claimed many lives and displaced millions of people in the North East.
The briefing was organised to discuss U.S. partnerships with African nations to reduce extremism, combat terrorist organisations, and bring about peace and prosperity throughout the African continent.