the UK Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd(picture above) has said the UK is standing shoulder to shoulder with Nigeria in the battle against Boko Haram. Also speaking about the Chibok girls, the Minister said they can’t take the lead in the rescue of the girls because it is a Nigerian problem, but they will follow any lead the Government takes.
“The very long partnership between UK and Nigeria matters a great deal to us; even my Prime Minister has made it very clear that we stand shoulder to shoulder with Nigeria in the battle against Boko Haram.
“We understand how many thousands and millions of peoples’ lives have been devastated by the atrocities in the North East….
“We are determined to help our own friend and partner to defeat that barbaric group,’’ he said.
On chibok girls he said;
“My Prime Minister, the British Government and the British people are fully supportive of the determination to bring the girls home.
“They have empathy with that but this (rescue) needs to be led by the Nigerian government, there has to be a Nigerian solution to this.
“I made it clear to the Vice-President that we will help but we are going to follow a Nigerian lead,’’ he said.
UK prime minister