The United States of America has warned Nigerians as they say that the terrorist group Al-Qaeda is penetrating into the country
They say the North-western part of the country is slowly becoming their base
The Cable reports that Dagvin Anderson, commander of the US special operations command, Africa,
made this known during a press briefing. According to the report, Anderson said the Al-Qaeda is slowly encroaching into NIGERIA
“We have engaged with Nigeria
aLso continue to engage with them in intel sharing
and in understanding what these violent extremists are doing.
that has been absolutely critical to their engagements
up in the Borno state and into an emerging area of northwest Nigeria
that we’re seeing al-QaEda starting to make some inroads in.
“So, this intelligence sharing is absolutely vital
and we stay fully engaged with the government of Nigeria
to provide them an understanding
of what these terrorists are doing, what Boko Haram is doing,
what ISIS-West Africa is doing,
and how ISIS and al-QaEda are looking to expand further south into the littoral areas.”
Speaking further On the Al-Qaeda intercepting into NIGERIA, Anderson said
“We as a community of international nations,
keep thinking we have defeated them
or we have put them on their back foot and that they’re just moments from disintegration.”
I think there’s two factors in that.
One, it goes to show that each government has to focus on this
and provide that focus for international partners to engage with.
The other part of this is we can’t underestimate the threat
these violent extremist organizations pose.
I think after 20 years we have seen the Al-Qaeda are very resilient organizations
that, although small, they’re able to leverage social media
and other forms of media to have an outsized voice
and that they continue to recruit and they continue to find opportunities.”
Furthermore Anderson’s comment comes amidst an increasing number of security breaches in many parts of the country.
Now it seems like that the fight against Boko Haram May not just be against the sect, but also against Al-Qaeda