British Prime Minister Theresa May and Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari have signed the first UK-Nigeria security and defence partnership.
by Rachel Ogbu in London
Both leaders met in the capital Abuja this afternoon.
“No-one should live in fear of being targeted by militants or forced from their homes, and no child should lose out on an education because of the threat of terror,” May said.
May who is currently on her African tour to foster Africa-UK trade relatiosn post Brexit also said:
“Insecurity, violence and extremism destabilise countries and regions and undermine growth – holding back entire generations from reaching their potential. It is only when people are safe and communities stable that nations have the opportunity to thrive.
We are determined to work side by side with Nigeria to help them fight terrorism, reduce conflict, and lay the foundations for the future stability and prosperity that will benefit us all.”
British forces will now increase training of Nigerian troops to combact Boko Haram extremists as part of the new partnership. Also, more equipment and training will be provided to protect Nigerian soldiers from IEDs.
May will stop in Lagos to meet survivors of modern slavery.