The United Kingdom (UK), has expressed concern over the worsening security situation in Nigeria.
British high commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, made this known in a chat with newsmen on the sidelines of a reception held to welcome home the 2019/2020 UK Chevening scholarship beneficiaries.
Laing said the UK government is keen on helping Nigeria win its fight against insecurity.
According to her, the UK had been helping the Nigerian military in the areas of training, campaign planning, and how to counter IEDs.
In her words, “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.
“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.”
Laing said the recent visit of the UK minister of armed forces also showed the commitment of the UK government.
She said, “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.”
Laing commended the Chevening programme, saying it was an 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.