We’re ready to help Nigeria end abduction of schoolchildren –US

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The United States has said it was to help Nigeria end the frequent abduction of schoolchildren in northern parts of the country.

Michael Gonzales, deputy assistant secretary at the US Bureau of African Affairs, said America is willing to assist in ending the challenge if Nigeria its help.

He said during a press briefing organised by the bureau, yesterday that America was “disgusted” by the pattern of mass abductions which he described as an internal threat.

“We are disgusted by this pattern of mass abduction of schoolkids and our condolences go out to the individuals affected and families. This certainly appears by all indications to be a situation from criminal gangs motivated by monetary and economic factors. There is no indication that terrorists, whether Boko Haram or ISIS West , are involved in this.

“The United States is to provide appropriate support for the government if requested to do so. Longer term, we to help develop the capabilities of the in order for them to adequately respond to the internal threats that the country faces.”

He said the US is “encouraged” by President Muhammadu decision to replace the service chiefs as part of efforts to address Nigeria’ security woes.

“We are looking forward to partnering with them to continue to build the capacities of the military to be able to better protect and defend people.”

Peoples Democratic (PDP)Governors Forum has pledged to collaborate with the Federal Government to address in the country.

Chairman of the Forum, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of State stated this, yesterday, in , while briefing on the outcome of its meeting in .

Tambuwal noted that the opposition governors have resolved not to play politics with security matters.

He added that whatever decision is taken by the Federal Government within the purview of the constitution to address current in the country will be supported by PDP Governors.

The governor further stated the the meeting, which lasted for over five hours, also received report from the PDP Reconciliation and Strategy Committee, headed by Bukola .

“As governors of the PDP, we have agreed and resolved to continue to work with the federal government with the sole aim of re-establishing in troubled areas of the Federation. We must not play politics with security and we must all work together to ensure that we bring back in our land. So we have agreed to continue to work with the federal government in that regard.”

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