Nigeria: Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th July 2020.

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Photo of Lisa Cameron Lisa Cameron Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the Government of Nigeria in tackling the advance of (a) Boko Haram and (b) Islamic State West Africa.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is supporting the Government of Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa. We provide a comprehensive package of security, stabilisation and humanitarian assistance to Nigeria to help tackle the threat from these terrorist groups. This includes: capacity building support for the Nigerian armed forces, with an emphasis on adherence to internationally recognised Rules of Engagement, International Human Rights and Humanitarian law; counter-IED and bomb scene management training; and support to the Multinational Joint Task Force, a regional taskforce which seeks to coordinate military efforts in the region. The UK is also providing up to £300 million of humanitarian support to affected communities between 2017-2022, which includes the provision of vital food assistance for 1.5 million people affected by the conflict.

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