The United States has insisted that extremist organizations such as Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab remain at risk on the African continent.
It also claimed that China’s activities in Africa could increase the continent’s instability.
The Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army (Europe-Africa) Major-General Andrew Rohling and the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army (Europe and Africa), Gen. Christopher Cavoli, spoke during a telephonic briefing with journalists on Tuesday.
Rohling’s comments came from Nigeria and other African countries’ dependence on loans from China to finance their infrastructure projects.
Chinese credit accounts for 80 per cent of all bilateral loans to Nigeria and, according to the Debt Management Office (DMO), Nigeria’s total debt to China amounted to $2,554 billion as of March 2019.
“Our strategic approach, the strategic approach of the United States, continues – that of continuing to position the US and our allies as partners of choice in Africa. We continue to provide a preferable alternative to partnering with an actor that can undermine economic, political and security institutions and increase instability across the continent of Africa.”
Rohling emphasized that violent extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram and others remained a threat, noting that “violent extremist organizations such as al-Shabaab and Boko Haram and others remain a threat.
“They are a brutal, capable enemy, as they planned and carried out numerous violent attacks on African citizens, U.S. military personnel, international military forces, and, as General Cavoli mentioned earlier in his remarks, civilians such as Italian Ambassador Attanasio—he was, unfortunately, killed yesterday along with his carabinieri security officer.