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Anthony Blinken pledges $45 million to Tackle Insecurity in Nigeria, Other West African Countries

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U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken Commits $45 Million to Address Security Challenges in Nigeria and West Africa.

 

In a significant move to address the growing security concerns in Nigeria and neighboring West African countries, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has pledged a $45 million contribution. This announcement comes as part of Blinken’s four-country tour across West Africa, where he is engaging with key leaders and stakeholders to strengthen regional security. The tour, spanning from January 21 to 26, includes visits to Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Angola.

Blinken made the commitment during a meeting with Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the African Development Bank, in Côte d’Ivoire. This financial injection is in addition to the $300 million previously allocated by the U.S. to support initiatives addressing security challenges in coastal West Africa over the past two years.

Key Points Highlighted by Anthony Blinken:

Speaking in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s capital, Blinken emphasized the interconnected destinies, populations, and prosperity of America and Africa. He underscored the United States’ commitment to Africa by mentioning the nearly $300 million in stability-focused assistance provided since 2022.

Blinken’s discussions in Ivory Coast centered around mutual security challenges, acknowledging the country’s leadership in the fight against extremism and violence. He highlighted the U.S.’s increased military training efforts, witnessing a 15-fold rise, and investments in civil protection in Ivory Coast.

Noteworthy Context:

In recent years, West African countries have grappled with insurgencies stemming from the conflict that began in Mali in 2012 and spread across the Sahel region. Despite international efforts, these security challenges persist, impacting the region significantly.

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The U.S. faced setbacks in its fight against militants in the Sahel when military juntas toppled Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum, a key ally, in July of the previous year. These developments added complexity to the ongoing security situation in the region.

Nigeria, a focal point of Blinken’s tour, has experienced multiple incidents of banditry and kidnappings, particularly in the north-central part of the country. These security issues have drawn global attention, prompting collaborative efforts to address the root causes.

As part of his West Africa tour, Blinken is scheduled to visit Nigeria on January 23 before concluding his trip in Angola.

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