The group poses the biggest threat facing his re-election, with the country heading to the polls in late March, after two delays. (Video via CCTV)
Jonathan made his comments in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, asking the paper: “Why can’t they come to Nigeria? … They are our friends. If Nigeria has a problem, then I expect the U.S. to come and assist us.”
But relations between the U.S. and Nigeria have been complicated at best, with the issue of Boko Haram driving the division.
The group has stepped up its attacks within the country, employing suicide bombings and mass kidnappings but also expanding into neighboring Cameroon and Chad. (Video via France 24)
Still, as Foreign Policy points out, Jonathan has been sending mixed signals. He says he wants military aid but recently canceled an “American-run training program for a Nigerian battalion charged with battling the terrorist organization.”
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