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Boko Haram: Combine Military Attacks With Socio-economic Support For Victory – VP Biden

joe bidenUS Vice President Joe Biden on Monday advised President Muhammadu Buhari on a four-day visit to the US, to combine a strong socio-economic programme with military attacks in order to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the North-east.
Comparing notes with Buhari concerning US experience in anti-insurgency war, Biden counselled that victory cannot come from military option alone.
Indeed, he reiterated that military option must be combined with strong socio-economic support programmes, which he promised the U.S would work with Nigeria to achieve.
Both leaders were comparing notes during a breakfast meeting hosted by Vice President Biden at the Naval Observatory, official residence of the American VP where he shared with his guest what the U.S has learnt from its war against terror.
Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media, in a statement said America gained its experience from terrorists who launched massive attacks that killed thousands in September 2001, while Nigeria battles the Boko Haram sect causing carnage in the North-east.
Biden assured his guest of the goodwill of the United States in rebuilding the Nigerian economy, but observed that corruption and weak institutions must be tackled, if Nigeria was to benefit from reforms.
He advised that seasoned technocrats must manage key sectors of the Nigerian economy, and only then would investors be attracted to the country.
Biden congratulated President Buhari for his victory at the March 2015 elections, adding that it was obvious that the President enjoys the confidence of the Nigerian people.
Responding, the President thanked the U.S for standing by Nigeria in the run-up to the general elections early this year, noting that the visit of the Secretary of State John Kerry was critical as it sent home the message that America would not brook subversion of the people’s will.
On oil theft, Buhari estimated losses at between 10 and 20 billion dollars annually, stressing that such income could have been deployed with salutary impact on various spheres of national life like education and healthcare, among others.
Adesina concluded that both America and Nigeria pledged renewed commitment to work as partners at the very insightful meeting.



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