United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Terence McCulley, Monday, met the Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Mr. Oguche, on the current security situation in the country.
Codewit gathered that the U.S. ambassador expressed the concern of his government over the continued spate of terrorists bombings and killings across the country.
Originally, the meeting scheduled for 11.00a.m. in the Minister’s Conference Room was to be covered by the media, as media houses had been invited but it was gathered that Ambassador McCulley, wary of the interpretation of whatever he would say, requested that the media be barred from covering the discussion.
At the meeting, the ambassador was said to have expressed the concern of his country over the increase in the terrorist attacks and pointed at the Kano bombings and the attempt to bring ethnicity into attacks that took place in Jos and Maiduguri recently.
Urging the security chiefs to do more as their efforts had gone a long way to checkmate the spread of terrorism, the US ambassador told the Minister and service chiefs that his country was willing to do more by way of providing more training and logistics support to the armed forces to help stem the tide.
A source said the ambassador called for more cooperation among security agencies and the citizenry, stressing that such synergy will help prevent such attacks in future.