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Boko Haram: U.S. To Lift Ban On Military Aide To Nigeria

Posted: Aug 4, 2015 at 1:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Celestine Amoke, Lagos

The United States will soon lift the ban on military assistance to Nigeria under the country’s Leahy Law, U.S. Congressman, Darrel Issah, said on Monday, August 3, 2015.

Issah dropped the hint while fielding questions from journalists shortly after meeting with Nigeria’s service chiefs and Ministry of Defence officials in Abuja on Monday.

The Leahy Law prohibits the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defence from providing military assistance to foreign military units that allegedly violates human rights.

He said the development was occasioned by the policy of the new military command with regards to the ongoing military operations in the country.

“There were a number of things that were discussed at the meeting but basically the need for additional technical support including overhead surveillance. This was discussed because it is important in the fight against Boko Haram.

“This is because of the trust in the new regime which has begun the process of ensuring that the military’s professionalism in the battle field is made in a way that we all can be confident that the rule of law is followed.

“Following this development, we have begun the process of lifting restriction under the Leahy Law but the vast majority of the support U.S. provides will be given regardless of the restrictions,’’ said Mr. Issah, who led a delegation from the U.S. congress judicial committee to the meeting with Nigeria’s top ranking defence officials.

Issah said the U.S. would provide other forms of support that would not only boost the military’s capabilities but also create the environment to rebuild devastated communities.

He said the U.S. through its agencies in Nigeria would help to rebuild and rehabilitate communities and victims of insurgency in the North-east.

“We are looking forward to working with the president and the military to rebuild the confidence of the people of Nigeria in the professionalism of the military,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Ismaila Aliyu, said the visit was a sign of the renewed confidence in Nigeria’s military on the global scene.

He said Nigeria now enjoyed a greater level of confidence and trust in the international community, stressing that it would impact positively on the nation’s efforts in repositioning its economy.