The government of Nigeria has pledged a $1-billion aid package in support of the fight against Boko Haram. On Saturday, the government announced that more than 120 Boko Haram fighters had been killed and nearly 250 of their followers imprisoned. The aid has also enabled Nigeria to recover from an exodus from an anti-Boko Haram insurgency that turned deadly last week and prompted the government to tighten its vetting procedures.
In January 2015, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa pledged the government would continue to fund and strengthen its military as it “ensures the security of all those responsible for the lives of our citizens.”
The U.S. is also expected to contribute $1 billion to Nigeria to tackle the growing threat to its sovereignty and economy.
The U.S. Defense News Agency released a report Monday showing that Nigeria’s public broadcaster, the BBC, has been forced to cut $40 million between 2011 and 2015 due to budget cuts. The U.S.] News Agency said the cuts cut the public broadcaster’s budget by $7.9 million with the help of a combination of the U.S.’s $2 billion annual security spending, cuts in its foreign correspondent program, U.S. diplomatic and trade aid, and an influx of foreign fighters on humanitarian issues in the country.
The report also showed that there were increased attacks against security positions across Nigeria. Healthy Brand in Nigeria
On Monday, the U.S. State Department said