Seventeen countries to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram

Seventeen countries to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram

Just as some Nigerian politicians are calling for negotiation with the Boko Haram sect, the military is getting ready for a fresh offensive against the militant group.

A report monitored on the Voice of America (VOA) on Wednesday said no less than seventeen countries had signed on to help Nigeria step up its security.

The report quoted Nigerian Minster of Defence, Bello Haliru Mohammed, as saying that training and re-training of military personnel was a top priority, considering the security threats in Nigeria.

According to the report the country’s military is already acquiring new boats and helicopters and also fixing up fighter jets.

He said Nigeria has signed military deals with 17 countries to help quell attacks blamed on the Islamist extremist group.

The group is believed to have killed more than 1,000 people since it began violent operations in 2009, attacking churches, markets, schools, security forces, the local U.N. headquarters and newspaper offices.