Speaking when he received a delegation of the US African Command, AFRICOM led by its commander, General Carter F. Ham at the State House yesterday, Jonathan said the country needed the support of US to contain various security challenges.
A presidency statement said "the president said Nigeria was facing various security challenges, such as Boko Haram, policing the nation's extensive maritime borders, crude oil theft and kidnapping, and called on the USA to support the Government's efforts to find lasting solutions to these problems.
"President Jonathan also briefed Gen. Ham on his visit to Mali and the efforts by ECOWAS to resolve the conflict in that country, adding that the situation could still be contained if the right steps are taken quickly."
Jonathan also commended the US for its role in global peace and security.
Earlier, Ham said he seized the opportunity of his visit to present a paper at the National Defence College and hold talks with security agencies on ways to strengthen partnership between Nigerian and US forces.
He said the USA was ready to cooperate with Nigeria in areas such as maritime security, communications, development of civil-military capabilities, and resolving the conflict in Mali.