Following the election of President Muhammadu Buhari,the US appears to be keener to assist Nigeria and earlier this month, he was invited to the White House for talks with President Barack Obama. It is believed that President Obama immediately agreed to sell Nigeria Apache attack helicopters to be used in confronting Boko Haram.
President Buhari is is a formrr military man and regarded as a man who will confront Boko Haram and not tolerate human rights abuses by the army.US delegation led by congressman Darrel Issah, visited President Buhari in Abuja where it was revealed that the restrictions will be lifted.
Congressman Issah says after a closed-door meeting with service chiefs and ministry of defence officials in Abuja, Congressman Issah, said discussions centred on a wide range of issues, especially the area of technical support in fighting the Boko Haram terror group. He added that after the meeting, it was agreed that the US will come to Nigeria’s assistance.
“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 began the process of lifting restriction under the Leahy Law but the vast majority of the support US provides will be given regardless of the restrictions,” according to Congressman Issah.
He pointed out that US support will also include training, technical support and equipment supply. In addition, Congressman Issah said the US through its agencies in Nigeria would help to rebuild and rehabilitate communities and victims of insurgency in the northeast.
Ibrahim sanugu in Maroua for alafnet.com
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