FROM John Campbell
Boko Haram's Use of Child Suicide Bombers UNICEF reports that children are now objects of fear in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, because of a ten-fold increase in their use as bombers by the extremist group Boko Haram. After one young woman was freed, she told her mother she'd been trained as a suicide bomber, the mother was so afraid she turned her daughter into the military. John Campbell is a former US Ambassador to Nigeria. He's now senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink .
Obama Talks Boko Haram, Corruption with Nigerian President Nigeria has Africa’s largest population and its biggest economy, but relations with the US have been strained. Newly elected President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Washington today at the invitation of President Obama. The President told reporters , "We very much look forward to talking about security issues, how we can cooperate on counterterrorism. We are looking forward to discussing how we can be helpful in addressing some of the corruption issues that have held Nigeria back and unleashing the incredible talent of the Nigerian people." John Campbell has served in Nigeria as political counselor and Ambassador. He’s currently senior fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations .
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