US Pledges $5bn To The Multinational Joint Task Force Against Boko Haram

The US government is reported to have pledged the sum of $5 billion towards the Multinational Joint Task Force, a military team drawn from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, to fight Boko Haram insurgents. 

The US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, announced this at news briefing via telephone from the African Union Summit Monday.

“We are having discussions with President Buhari on how we might bolster our support. We have already been working with them and providing information. We are also providing some equipment and support and we have a number of meetings with the countries who are members of the Multinational Joint Task Force to look at other areas we might support. We are working closely with the Lake Chad Basin countries: Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon to address the issues of Boko Haram,” the statement read in part.