The United States have stated that they are ready to provide military training to help Nigeria’s battle against Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram even though they had refused to sell weapons to Nigeria.
“Nigeria’s military is not outgunned by Boko Haram and needs training, not arms, to defeat the insurgents blamed for the deaths of thousands in three countries,” – Rep. Darrell Issa.
This is in contrast to what Buhari said after meeting President Barack Obama at the White House last month. He stated at the time that the United States is aiding Boko Haram by refusing to sell attack helicopters to Nigeria.
The U.S. Leahy Act prohibits sales of high-tech weapons to countries whose militaries are accused of gross human rights abuses.
Nigeria is accused by Amnesty International of killing without due process an estimated 8,000 people suspected of involvement with Boko Haram.
Via a report by VOA, Issa stated that “The No. 1 thing we bring is professional training. Nigeria’s military doesn’t lack basic firearms … it lacks training in military strategy and in international and humanitarian laws,”
“This is a military that was allowed to fall into disrepair during the previous administration. Morale is low when training is low,” he added.