US, Britain, China offer Nigeria technology aid to track missing girls
The Nigerian government has said it has received promises to provide tracking technologies from the likes of the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), China, Canada and France to help in the rescue of over 200 girls abducted by militant group Boko Haram in Borno state in northern Nigeria.
According to Reuben Abati, special adviser to Nigeria’s president on media and publicity, the British government said it would deploy its advanced tracking technologies in support of Nigeria’s security agencies. He said the promise was made by Prime Minister David Cameron upon request by Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan.
“President Jonathan told the prime minister that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will liaise with the British government through its High Commission in Nigeria to work out practical details of the promised support and collaboration against terrorism,” Abati said.
Nigeria’s president also received similar promises from Premier Li Keqiang of China, who is in Nigeria as part of its tour of African countries.
“In talks with President Jonathan, Premier Li Keqiang promised that his country will make any useful information acquired by its satellites and intelligence services available to Nigeria’s security agencies,” Abati said.
“Mr Keqiang assured the president that China will support Nigeria’s fight against terrorism in every possible way, including the training of military personnel for anti-insurgency operations.”
The US government has expressed concern over the fate of the abducted girls and is willing to deploy experts and technologies to assist the Nigerian government in securing the release of the girls and to fight terrorism in Nigeria.