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Kerry warns against military crackdowns in Nigeria

Armoured vehicles donated by the United States to the Nigerian military to help in the fight against Boko Haram are pictured at an army base in LagosUS Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday congratulated Nigeria on its recent military successes against Boko Haram, but warned the country will face a blowback if it “cracks down” on the Islamists with excessive force. Speaking at a press conference in the northern city of Sokoto, Kerry praised Nigeria for reclaiming swathes of territory from Boko Haram and releasing thousands of hostages over the past year. Nigeria has made “important progress”, Kerry said.

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