Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs
Reuters Soundbite
Washington, DC
December 5, 2013

We are monitoring that situation very closely and we're working very closely with all our partners including the French, the United Nations, and regional organizations to address the growing insecurity that is taking place in that country.

We are a multi-agency team and the reason we came in this format is because the security problems that exist in Northern Nigeria and in many places in the world are multifaceted and they can't always be dealt with from a security perspective only. So there are social, political, educational, infrastructural concerns, grievances that people have in the north that also have to be dealt with as we deal with the security concerns.