OrderPaperToday – Catriona Laing, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, has revealed that the United Kingdom (UK) government was concerned over the deteriorating security situation in the country.
The High commissioner made this known on the side-lines of a reception held to welcome home the 2019/2020 UK Chevening scholarship beneficiaries. She further reiterated the UK government commitment to keep on helping Nigeria win its fight against insecurity.
She said the UK had been helping the Nigerian military in the areas of training, campaign planning, and how to counter IEDs stating that “we are extremely concerned about the deteriorating security situation.
“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”.
The British High Commission said the United Kingdom is keen to support and help, adding that the UK military team who came here after the Chibok girls were kidnapped are still in the country helping the Nigerian military with strategic planning and how to counter IEDs.
Catriona Laing also referenced the recent visit of the UK minister of armed forces to Nigeria insisting that “we are here for a long time. This is a Nigerian partnership your insecurity becomes our insecurity.”
She also commended the Chevening programme, extolling the initiative by the UK government aimed at preparing future leaders who would not only excel in academic qualifications but also give back to their respective countries.
Laing noted that Nigeria already had 1,300 Chevening alumni “currently occupying important positions in power” and thereby providing the UK with both “access and influence”.
Recall that the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, had only recently expressed the willingness of the National Assembly to approve supplementary budget for outfitting security agencies and Covid-19 vaccination exercise.