President Returns Home Disappointed With Obama



President has returned from his four day official trip to US, much to the chagrin of many observers who were elated at the prospect that the visit would usher in a new era of US closer ties with Nigeria in the war against Boko Haram. President Obama however made no concrete pledge of military assistance with the US government citing that it was handicapped by the Leahy Act, which prevents it from selling arms to countries with human rights abuse records. 


Amnesty International,a  global human rights group had indicted the Nigerian military under former President Goodluck Jonathan of gross human rights abuses in the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram in the Northeast therefore triggering an arms ban from the United States. Despite the persistent denial of the Nigerian military authorities, the embargo has been fully enforced deterring the efforts to effectively prosecute the war which has ravaged the Northeastern state of Nigeria
Addressing an audience of policy-makers, activists and academics in Washington, Buhari complained that Nigerian forces had been left “largely impotent” in the face of Boko Haram’s campaign of kidnapping and bombings. He said the army lacked the requisite capacity in technology and weaponry to prosecute the war due to the accusations and the subsequent arms embargo.

“They (the Nigerian military) do not possess the appropriate weapons and technology which we could have had if the so-called human rights violations had not been an obstacle,” he said.
“Unwittingly, and I dare say unintentionally, the application of the Leahy Law Amendment by the United States government has aided and abetted the Boko Haram terrorists.”
He appealed to both the White House and the US Congress to find a way around the law — introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy in 1997 — and to supply Nigerian troops with high-tech weapons under a deal “with minimal strings.”

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