The United States US has named Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab as a threat to the African continent.
It also said the activities of the Peoples Republic of China on Africa might increase instability in the continent.
The Deputy Commanding General, United States Army (Europe-Africa) Maj. Gen. Andrew Rohling, and the Commanding General, US Army (Europe and Africa), Gen. Christopher Cavoli, said these at a telephonic briefing with journalists.
The comments came amid Nigeria and other African countries’ dependence on Chinese loans to finance their infrastructure projects.
‘’Our strategic approach, the United States strategic approach, continues – is that of continuing to position the US and our allies as the partners of choice in Africa. We continue to provide a preferable alternative to partnering with an actor who may undermine the economic, political, and security institutions as well as increased instability across the continent of Africa.’’
The deputy commander noted that the US competitive security edge over China lies primarily with ‘’the superiority of our equipment, of our training, of our education, and the other security assistance that we provide; and secondly, it’s our support to counterterrorist operations across the continent.’’
He said violent extremist organisations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram and others remained a threat, emphasising that ‘’they’re a brutal, capable enemy, as they’ve planned and conducted numerous violent attacks on African citizens, US military service members, international military forces.’’
He noted, “The violent extremist organisations such as al-Shabaab and Boko Haram and others remain a threat. They’re a brutal, capable enemy, as they’ve planned and conducted numerous violent attacks on African citizens, US military service members, international military forces, and as
‘’But the United States is committed to working with our African partners to counter and contain violent extremist organisations, and we’ll continue to do so over the course of time.’’
The Commanding General, US Army Europe and Africa further disclosed that around 10,000 soldiers would participate in the African Lion military exercise in June.