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Britain is worried about insecurity in Nigeria – British High Commissioner

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British high commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing says Britain is worried about the increasing spate of insecurity in Nigeria.

Mrs Laing said this when she spoke with journalists on Tuesday at a reception held to welcome 2019/2020 UK Chevening scholarship beneficiaries.

She added that the UK is helping the Nigerian military in the areas of training, campaign planning, and how to counter IEDs.

“We are extremely concerned about the deteriorating security situation,” Laing said

“I mean, Nigeria is facing a lot of problems everywhere – in the northeast, terrorism; in the northwest, banditry, kidnapping; in the middle belt, the farmers-herders conflict; in the south, the Niger Delta conflict everywhere.

“And the secession movements in the south-east. So, Nigeria is really struggling.

“Well, we are here to support and help. We have the military team here, who came here after the Chibok girls were kidnapped, actually. We are still here, training the Nigerian military, helping them to do campaign planning, how to counter IEDs.”

She added that the recent visit of the UK minister of armed forces was a sign that the UK government is committed to the cause.

“So, we are here for a long time. This is a Nigerian partnership. Your insecurity becomes our insecurity if we don’t help you tackle it. So, we are here and we are trying to do our best to support you,” she said.

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