Obama Leads by Example: US Marines comes to Help in Nigeria

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“In our time, what kind of man who says he is fighting for ISLAM…. (in the first place, The word ISLAM means PEACE!!!) kidnaps hundreds of innocent young girls for bigotry and sale into slavery to make a statement against the West? And the West does? …… Nothing. Those western countries that herald democracy and human rights, this is the time for action. We have only been barking or kept silent for so long. OBAMA has shown other western countries the “code of conduct” for countries who cherish the principles they preach!!” –  EAC- Magazine Online

President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted the offer of the United States to provide security assistance towards securing the release of the female pupils of Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State, abducted last month.

Confirming the development to State House correspondents, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said Secretary of State, John Kerry, made the offer over the phone on behalf of President Barack Obama. Under the arrangement, U.S. security personnel and assets will be deployed in Nigeria to work with local security operatives in locating and rescuing the girls.

“The offer from President Barack Obama, which was conveyed to President Jonathan by the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, in a telephone conversation which began at 15.30 Hours today includes the deployment of U.S. security personnel and assets to work with their Nigerian counterparts in the search and rescue operation,” Abati said. “Mr. Kerry assured President Jonathan that the United States is wholly committed to giving Nigeria all required support and assistance to save the abducted girls and bring the reign of terror unleashed on parts of the country by Boko Haram to an end.”

He said Jonathan thanked Kerry for the call and offer of further assistance, assuring him that security agents in Nigeria, who are working at full capacity to find and rescue the abducted girls, would appreciate the deployment of American counter-insurgency know-how and expertise in support of their efforts. After speaking with the United States Secretary of State, Jonathan met with the Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs and heads of national security agencies in continuation of the national efforts to find and rescue the abducted girls

US marines are also in Nigeria to help the country’s security services tackle increasing threats in preparation for Nigia playin  host to the 7th World Economic Forum Africa in Abuja next week amid heightened security challenges.

The summit is expected to be attended by over 10 heads of state and government as well as over 900 delegates from 70 countries. Presidents of Algeria, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Togo have confirmed attendance. Former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and former President of Brazil, Lula da Silva, are expected to attend. Also, over 50 chief executives of big global corporations have confirmed attendance. However, because of recent blasts in Nyanya – on the outskirts of Abuja – there have been heightened fears of a possible terror attack during the summit.

Nigerian government has been assuring the world that it would provide maximum security, announcing a complete shut-down of schools and government offices during the summit. TheCable reported on Tuesday that a 6,000-strong personnel, made up of soldiers and other security agents, will be deployed in Abuja – the heaviest security for a summit in Nigeria.

The US marines have already arrived the country, according to sources in the know of their movement. “They are not going to be directly involved in the World Economic Forum event,” a senior American security source told reporters. “Their brief is to train the Nigerian security services.

It should be expected that Nigerian agents will handle the security of the summit.” The marines are highly specialised soldiers who have been deployed in areas affected by serious conflict and terrorism, such as Afghanistan and Iraq. They are described in Wikipedia as “an amphibious, expeditionary, air-ground combined arms task force, capable of forcible entry from the air, land, and sea.

It is capable of asymmetric warfare with conventional, irregular, and hybrid forces. While the Marine Corps does not employ any unique combat arms, as a force it can rapidly deploy a combined-arms task force to almost anywhere in the world within days.”

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