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Nigeria Cancels US Military Training to Fight Boko Haram



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The Nigerian government has cancelled plans to have the United States military train a Nigerian army battalion to fight Boko Haram.

According to Sahara Reporters, this move illustrates the continuing strained relationship between the two countries over the Boko Haram issue.

Nigeria had accused the U.S of not providing enough support for the fight against Boko Haram. In November, Ade Adefuye, Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S expressed his dismay, stating that the United States had refused to sell arms and equipment to Nigeria to assist in defeating Boko Haram. In response U.S officials reportedly accused Nigerian security operatives of human right violations, stating that its laws prevent them from selling arms to countries with such human rights records.

Here is the statement the U.S released addressing the cancellation of the military training:

At the request of the Nigerian government, the United States will discontinue its training of a Nigerian Army battalion.  The first two phases of training were conducted between April and August 2014, and had provided previously untrained civilian personnel with basic soldiering skills.  Based on mutual assessment of the Nigerian Army and U.S. trainers, a third iteration of training was agreed upon with the intent of developing the battalion into a unit with advanced infantry skills.

We regret premature termination of this training, as it was to be the first in a larger planned project that would have trained additional units with the goal of helping the Nigerian Army build capacity to counter Boko Haram.  The U.S. government will continue other aspects of the extensive bilateral security relationship, as well as all other assistance programs.

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  1. tunmi

    December 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    In May, us troopa were sent to chad to help find the girls. Am I to believe thatbsonce may till now…no military training between Naija and US has happened?

  2. bruno

    December 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    nigerian government is a such a useless government. u are pouring blame on america, why? is it america’s duty to be taking care of us, is america our parent.

    weak, incompetent people always look for people to blame for their own problems. boko haram is a nigerian problem not an american one.

    nigerian government has zero regard for human rights. americans dont deal with countries that violate human rights.

    my own question is, what has happened to the 1 billion dollars gej collected?

    is america they only country that can train soldiers whats of uk or canada.

    • Kdot

      December 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

      I am not sure why this Bruno guy thinks he knows it all. Among your friends, it is obvious you will always argue to the end and not allow other people have their say. The USA is a corrupt country. Did they not rape Iraq by invading the country’s sovereignty ? Secondly, the weapons of mass destruction were never discovered and till date, the USA uses it’s drones to target Top Al Qaeda and in the process, little kids and women get killed. Is that not human rights violation? So Bruno, always think deeply before offering your opinion. You always write with anger and it can be detected in your write ups….Think with a balanced mind…

  3. Honeycrown

    December 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Yes I agree with Bruno. Must USA always be responsible? Plus in the statement the US released, “The first two phases of training were conducted between April and August 2014, and had provided previously untrained civilian personnel with basic soldiering skills” it shows Nigerians were probably not ready for training. I can see people showing up in sandals, agbada, slippers & all kinds of nonsense apparel for training. I can see them tagging it MLP #MissionLiterallyImpossiple

  4. Author Unknown

    December 2, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    This sounds to me like a reaction to the US’ move to eliminate importation of Nigeria’s oil. Now that oil prices are falling too, that sector is going to be hit hard. The gravy train is almost done Nigerian government. On the American side, they probably saw the BS on ground when they arrived. If Nigeria truly means to tackle Boko, they can, without the US’ assistance.

  5. lala

    December 2, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Nigerian area boys will do a better job fighting BH better than the useless Nigerian military. This govt requestedto buy USA ammunition as a way of stealing money from the budget and this is the reason America rejected their stupid request. Who is the loser, if the Nigerian govt rejects the training which they so deperately need? This ppls brain is under their feet,

  6. le coco

    December 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    i dont c y nigeria needed american training.. america alwayz wants to appear the saint in every situation.. they hhv been harping on nigerian military incompetence since(which is true). they came to nigeria in may.. yet they ddnt find the girls… the same america and uk that are world superpowers and have not been able to control ISIS… abeg.. they shld take their training and shove it

  7. Tripple A

    December 2, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    When Nigerian troops went to Liberia and Sierra Leone to put an end to their civil wars did the U.S train them? It is now America’s responsibility to train our troops to fight this little worms called Boko Haram. Silly government. SMH

    • Ada Ada

      December 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Terrorism and guerilla warfare is not the same as conventional war like Liberia. It is is not easy to fight people who look forward to dying because they believe they are going to a heaven full of virgins. How do you fight a suicide bomber in a market place? How do you negotiate with people who want to wipe out everybody? The Nigerian government is useless but this Boko Haram business cannot be fixed by even a better government at this point. Northern leaders should have been more vocal in condemning it in the beginning. Now they are out of control. Jonathan no be Jackie Chan. Buhari no be Bruce Lee. Boko Haram will die when the citizens of the North East rise up and crush it. And they are beginning to rise.

    • i no send

      December 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      well said ada

  8. kazeem

    December 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    “U.S officials reportedly accused Nigerian security operatives of human right violations, stating that its laws prevent them from selling arms to countries with such human rights records.”

    This is absolutely nonsense. The US sells arms to Qatar, Pakistan and Yemen for instance. All of them have horrible human rights records. Even the US itself does not have have perfect record. They torture prisoners in Guatanamo Bay (where most of the prisoners are being held illegaly) and they thousands of innocent civillians in Pakistan with their drone strikes. I think For every Taliban they kill, they kill about 30 civillians. So tell me why is it okay for US to jail or kill suspected terrorists without trial and incur collateral damage when they go to war but if the Nigerian Army does the same thing they will start shouting human rights? Bruno and friends, explain to me abeg.

    No be wetin dem dey call double standard? The real reason why US will not sell arms to Nigeria is because they actually do not want Nigeria to win the war on terrorism immediately. They want to completely discredit the Nigerian Army (which is already incompetent, corrupt and underfunded) so that Nigerians will beg the US to send their army to save them. Meanwhile ask the people wey ISIS they show pepper for Iraq if they are feeling saved…lol

    I have noticed that the more foreign military assistance we receive, the stronger BH becomes. Again explain that one to me. All na wash.

  9. kaz

    December 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    human rights is not the issue. after all US army illegally kindaps and detains prisoners suspected of terrorism and tortures them. not to mention using drones to strike which affects innocent civilians. the US also sells weapons to countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. these countries have bad human rights record and have supporters of terrorists groups within their government and security forces. so ask yourself, what is the REAL reason why America will not sell weapons to Nigeria? shine your eye.


    December 2, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Boko Haram today,Your Son’s and daughters tomorrow we all know the catastrophic damages the Nigerian army can cause. The United State government did the right thing by not selling weapons of mass destruction to the Nigerian army. A very big thank you to America. They want them to engage members of Boko Haram in a battle which will destroy Boko Haram members, at the same time minimize the loss of lives and properties of innocent Nigerians. Nigerian Army were afraid to engage Boko Haram humanly in a fight. They want weapons that will wipe out everybody guilty or not guilty within any area Boko haram members occupies. Clearly, Boko Haram has made it loud and clear that all members of the Nigerian Police force, and all other military apparatus were all bloody, and spineless cowards. The only thing they know how to do well is to steal, collect bribes, intimidate, burn/destroy public buses and other public properties, kill fellow Nigerians and lie about it without any repercussions, behave as if they were above the law. Without guns they are nothing. That’s why they do not want other Nigerians to bear arms. Because if they do, All these harassments of fellow Nigerians will automatically disappear. All illegal road blocks for the purpose of collecting money from bus and Okada drivers will be a thing of the past. Boko Haram has truly managed to humble /expose them. These has brought them down to the same level as their fellow Nigerians. Fellow compatriots, let all rise up to defend ourselves by going to the gun stores to buy our own guns legally. What is good for the gesse is also good for the gandies . If common criminals like the members of Boko Haram can have guns and bombs which they were not afraid to use at anytime to kill, maim, and destroy ourlives and properties, and the stupid government of the day kept urging us not to carry guns to defend ourselves, anytime Boko Haram comes arround to bomb,shoot and kill any of us. Do not blame the government blame yourselves. because, your government has clearly demonstrated to us through their actions they cannot protect us unless the American government sell them their weapon of choice period. Should the American government sell the weapons requested by the Nigerian government to them today, the same government through it’s agent the Nigerian Army, will use the same ammunition against your son’s and daughters tomorrow somewhere in Ife,Ibadan, Zaria, and Lagos etc. during student demonstrations. We all should come together now to thank the government of United States of America for being a very good,reliable and loyal friend of Nigeria. A word is enough for the wise.

  11. ATL's finest

    December 3, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Imagine! When the girls went missing, he didn’t speak up until 3weeks. The world is help with #bringbackourgirls# while the Nigerian leaders weren’t worried about their own shit.. America has got a lot to do so don’t blame nothing on them if u need help, meet them half way not expect them to do it all.

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