The U.K Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson, has warned that ISIS terrorists in Nigeria, pose a ‘growing threat’ to the security of Britain.
‘When we look at it more broadly, when we look at the greater threat, organisations such as Boko Haram or Daesh [the Arabic acronym for IS] do not respect international borders, he said Speaking from a military base.
‘We see that as a potential and growing threat to the United Kingdom.
‘By dealing with the threat here in Nigeria, it keeps the streets of Britain safe as well.’
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has visited British troops deployed on a counter-terror training mission in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, where Boko Haram has unleashed attacks, the U.K Daily Mail said Monday.
British troops are training Nigerian forces in a push to crush a wave of terror in the North East region which could spread to Europe, he revealed.
There are fears that, if left to fester, extremists in Africa could establish a caliphate across the region, as IS did in parts of Iraq and Syria, and plot attacks on the West.
Nigeria’s minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has maintained that the President Muhammadu Buhari government has defeated Boko Haram. The minister during a visit to media houses in the United States said that the terrorists strolled into Abuja at will four years ago under the Jonathan administration.
“When the government says Boko Haram is defeated, it is from the context of what it was when it came in and what we are today. People have forgotten that less than three or four years ago, people in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, could not sleep with their two eyes closed.
“That four years ago, the insurgents used to stroll into Abuja at will and no building was sacred to them. I mean they were so bold they attacked the force headquarters.