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2 February 2012


•US-Nigeria security cooperation over Boko Haram reflects local failure

The much talked-about cooperation between the United States and Nigeria on the raging terror from the Boko Haram sect seems to have moved finally from the realm of speculations into a decidedly new, pragmatic, phase – going by what emerged from the two-day meeting of the US-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) last week.

The emerging consensus among the participants at the meeting was that the terror in the North be given prominence in the work of the BNC. The commission agreed to re-arrange the BNC cooperation framework by splitting its Regional Security Cooperation and the Niger Delta component into a separate working group, with emphasis on insecurity in the North.

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