US to Nigeria: Develop north to beat Boko Haram

By REUTERS
March 5, 2012 20:05

 
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ABUJA - The United States urged Nigeria on Monday to tackle an Islamist insurgency in the north by bringing jobs and development to the deprived region, and it pledged to support Abuja in the task.

US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said on Monday that the United States was looking to establish a consulate in Kano, Nigeria's biggest northern city and a recent target of attacks, as well as a number of other ways to help it fight radical Islamist sect Boko Haram.

The group, which styles itself on the Taliban, has been blamed for almost daily shootings and bombings that have killed hundreds of people in the past two years.

"Regarding the security concern, we agree with President Jonathan that this must be holistic approach. That it is about security, it is about development, it is about jobs," Sherman said during the first stop of an African tour that also takes in Zambia and Kenya.

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