The United States has announced an additional 40-million-dollar aid to Nigeria to address the humanitarian crisis arising from decades of the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who made the announcement in Washington DC said, this was in addition to nearly 350 million dollars assistance provided by the U.S. last year.

Pompeo spoke during a joint media briefing with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, after the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission meeting BNC hosted by the Department of State.

On his part, Onyeama described the security challenges facing the country as an existential threat, but was quick to note that they were being addressed with respect for human rights.

The BNC is a platform for the Nigerian and U.S. governments to expand cooperation and advance shared goals in the areas of trade and investment, development, good governance and security.