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Boris Johnson takes to anti-pirate boat on trip to Nigeria

Boris Johnson was pictured racing across water in an anti-pirate vessel alongside Navy personnel during a trip to Nigeria.

He can be seen taking the wheel on the boat, which scrapes his trademark hair behind him as the boat speeds along. 

The foreign secretary was then snapped sneaking a stout as he supped Guinness during the official visit with aid secretary Priti Patel. 

 

Boris Johnson took to the waves in an anti-pirate Navy boat during his trip to Nigeria

The foreign secretary enjoyed a Guinness during his trip with aid secretary Priti Patel

The foreign secretary enjoyed a Guinness during his trip with aid secretary Priti Patel

They travelled to the heart of territory dominated by Boko Haram insurgents to announce £200million for Nigeria’s fight against terror and famine.

Together with International Aid Secretary Priti Patel, the Foreign Secretary met victims of terrorist violence and helped malnourished children.

Islamist militants Boko Haram has increasingly used child suicide bombers and targeted civilians in its eight-year insurgency which has left at least 20,000 dead and displaced more than 2.6 million.

His trip to the country involved discussions over whether Britain will offer more help in the fight against Boko Haram

His trip to the country involved discussions over whether Britain will offer more help in the fight against Boko Haram

British military teams will also continue to help prepare Abuja’s security forces for counter-insurgency operations, having already helped to train 28,500 Nigerian personnel. 

Around 1.5million Nigerians face famine as a result of the bloody fighting and the UK aid with pay for treatment for 120,000 children at risk of malnutrition and assisting 100,000 children with education needs. 

Mr Johnson said: ‘In Maiduguri I met casualties of Boko Haram violence, including bomb and gunshot victims, and saw for myself the displacement of people that brutality and poverty have created.

Boris Johnson met with Navy personnel, who treated him to a ride on their anti-pirate vessel 

Boris Johnson met with Navy personnel, who treated him to a ride on their anti-pirate vessel 

‘Our military, diplomatic and development assistance is making a big difference. The British military has to date trained 28,000 Nigerian troops, equipping them with skills to turn the tide against Boko Haram, while our humanitarian aid is alleviating widespread suffering.

‘This is about helping a Commonwealth partner in its time of need as well as addressing the root causes of international challenges such as migration.’ 

He also used the visit to call for closer trade links between Britain and Nigeria, which he said would help to ‘secure a prosperous future for our two countries’.

And he formally dedicated a new Commonwealth war memorial at the National Military Cemetery.

The foreign secretary takes control of the boat in Nigeria, where the Navy is helping Nigerians fight off pirates 

The foreign secretary takes control of the boat in Nigeria, where the Navy is helping Nigerians fight off pirates 

Boris Johnson (pictured flying over Gwoza yesterday) has travelled to the heart of territory dominated by Boko Haram insurgents to announce £200million for Nigeria's fight against terror and famine

Boris Johnson (pictured flying over Gwoza yesterday) has travelled to the heart of territory dominated by Boko Haram insurgents to announce £200million for Nigeria’s fight against terror and famine

Together with International Aid Secretary Priti Patel (pictured together at Maiduguri teaching Hospital yesterday) the Foreign Secretary met victims of terrorist violence and helped children suffering with malnutrition

Together with International Aid Secretary Priti Patel (pictured together at Maiduguri teaching Hospital yesterday) the Foreign Secretary met victims of terrorist violence and helped children suffering with malnutrition

Mr Johnson visited members of the British Armed Forces at their HQ in Maiduguri, Nigeria, yesterday (pictured) to announce a new aid package 

Mr Johnson visited members of the British Armed Forces at their HQ in Maiduguri, Nigeria, yesterday (pictured) to announce a new aid package 

Mr Johnson said: ‘Our military links are close and longstanding. 

‘I am honoured to have dedicated the new Commonwealth war memorial to the memory of the thousands of Nigerians who fought side-by-side with Britain in the First and Second World Wars.

‘And today, British military training is helping Nigeria to take on Boko Haram and to fight back against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. 

Mr Johnson said he had seen first hand the displacement of people that brutality and poverty have created (including at The University of Maiduguri teaching Hospital, pictured)

Mr Johnson's visit (pictured) came after the uprising by Boko Haram, which is seeking to impose hardline Islamic law in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north

Mr Johnson’s visit (pictured) came after the uprising by Boko Haram, which is seeking to impose hardline Islamic law in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north

‘This close military cooperation is the cornerstone of our joint efforts to defeat terror and to create the conditions for peace, stability and prosperity.’ 

Ms Patel said: ‘It is catastrophic that at least 20,000 people have been murdered by Boko Haram’s terrorist regime, and over five million people have been left hungry and many homeless.

‘Babies’ bodies are shutting down and mothers who have lost everything are fighting to keep their children alive.

‘Global Britain is a country that stands tall in the world and the UK will not turn its back on people living in danger and desperation.’

The uprising by Boko Haram, which is seeking to impose hardline Islamic law in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, has included a campaign of civilian kidnappings.

More than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram from their school in the remote town of Chibok in April 2014.

A total of 106 of the kidnapped girls have been released, rescued or escaped after more than three years in captivity, while 113 are still being held.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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