America replies Nigeria, releases details of aid to Nigerian military in war against Boko Haram

The US refused to sell Cobra Helicopters to Nigeria because they do not trust Nigeria's ability to maintain it.

The United States has faulted the claim by the Nigerian government that it is standing in the way of the Nigerian military’s quest to procure weapons to strengthen its war against the extremist Boko Haram sect.

Answering questions during a press briefing, the U.S. Department of State spokesperson, Jen Paski, said Wednesday the American government has been supporting the Nigerian military in the area of intelligence sharing, training of soldiers and other measures in combating the insurgency.

On Monday, the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S., Ade Adefuye, had accused the U.S. of letting Nigeria down in its hour of need by refusing to help the country procure weapon to combat Boko Haram.

“We find it difficult to understand how and why in spite of the U.S. presence in Nigeria with their sophisticated military technology, Boko Haram should be expanding and becoming more deadly,” he said.

He said the U.S. was standing in the way of the Nigerian military procuring lethal equipment that would have helped the country end the deadly insurgency mounted against Nigeria by Boko Haram.

Dismissing the claims that the Nigerian military were involved in human rights violations, Mr. Adefuye also flayed the U.S. government for the manner it’s sharing intelligence with the Nigerian military, arguing that despite the claim by the Americans that things have improved in that aspect, “it is still there”.

However, during Wednesday’s briefing in Washington, the Department of State spokesperson said the U.S. has actually increased its support for the Nigerian military, especially in the last six months.

She said her government has improved intelligence sharing with the Nigerian military and has actually approved and sold some military equipment to the Nigerian military.

“Let me just lay out the facts of our assistance. Over the past six months, the United States has started sharing intelligence with Nigeria, began training a new army battalion and held numerous high-level discussions with Nigerian authorities on additional measures to best address the Boko Haram threat.

“We have also provided and approved sales of military equipment to its armed forces. These decisions are made, of course, after careful scrutiny to ensure they conform with United States law,” she said in response to a question about Ambassador Adefuye’s claims.

She explained that the U.S. refused to sell some Cobra attack helicopters to the Nigerian armed forces early this year because it was concerned the military had no capacity to operate and maintain it.

Ms Paski said there were also concerns over the protection of civilians during military operations.

“We shared those concerns with Nigeria before this decision and subsequent to it,” she said.

She said that the Nigerian military has however purchased helicopters from other sources and that the U.S. government did not prevent such purchases.

“Nigeria has purchased helicopters that originated in countries other than the United States, and nothing in our decision prevents Nigeria from obtaining weapons and equipment from other sources.

“We’ll continue to look for ways to deepen our cooperation with Nigeria to help it acquire the systems and skills needed to restore peace and security. But obviously, we’ve provided a great deal of assistance over the past several months.”

Ms Paski said the U.S. would continue to urge the Nigerian military to investigate allegation of abuses by soldiers and to do more in the area of training the country’s security forces to improve its effectiveness.

“We wouldn’t be raising that concern if we didn’t feel and others didn’t feel that they were warranted,” she said.

Below is the full version of Ms Paski’s comment on Nigeria.

Jen Psaki
Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
November 12, 2014
TRANSCRIPT:

1:15 p.m. EST

QUESTION: Can I go to Nigeria?

MS. PSAKI: Sure. I just have probably time for one or two more questions.

QUESTION: Okay. I’ll try not to take up too much time.

MS. PSAKI: Okay.

QUESTION: There was – the Nigerian ambassador here in Washington, D.C. invited some members of the Council on Foreign Relations to the Embassy on Monday. And basically, he gave a speech in which he said that Nigeria is not very happy with the United States at the moment, that he feels that you guys are not giving them the weapons that they need to really deal with Boko Haram, and that this statement that you have that it’s because you’re concerned about human rights allegations by the Nigerian army are just half-truths, hearsays put out by the opponents of President Jonathan and human rights groups.

I wondered if I could have your reaction to the comments that he made.

MS. PSAKI: Well, we first value our – highly value our longstanding and important relationship with Nigeria. Let me just lay out the facts of our assistance. Over the past six months, the United States has started sharing intelligence with Nigeria, began training a new army battalion and held numerous high-level discussions with Nigerian authorities on additional measures to best address the Boko Haram threat. We have also provided and approved sales of military equipment to its armed forces. These decisions are made, of course, after careful scrutiny to ensure they conform with United States law.

Earlier this year, we denied the transfer of some Cobra attack helicopters to Nigeria due to concerns about Nigeria’s ability to use and maintain this type of helicopter in its effort against Boko Haram and ongoing concerns about the Nigerian military’s protection of civilians when conducting military operations. We shared those concerns with Nigeria before this decision and subsequent to it.

Nigeria has purchased helicopters that originated in countries other than the United States, and nothing in our decision prevents Nigeria from obtaining weapons and equipment from other sources. We’ll continue to look for ways to deepen our cooperation with Nigeria to help it acquire the systems and skills needed to restore peace and security. But obviously, we’ve provided a great deal of assistance over the past several months.

QUESTION: So other than the Cobra helicopters, is there any request from the Nigerian Government that hasn’t been met by the United States?

MS. PSAKI: I would ask them that specific question, but we’ve obviously provided them with a range of assistance, including intelligence sharing as well as military equipment.

QUESTION: And what about their response that the allegations of human rights abuses by the Nigerian army are just – are not substantiated?

MS. PSAKI: Well, we continue to urge Nigeria to investigate allegations of abuses perpetrated by Nigerian security forces, as well as offer Nigeria assistance in developing the doctrine and training needed to improve the military’s effectiveness. We wouldn’t be raising that concern if we didn’t feel and others didn’t feel that they were warranted.

QUESTION: So were you surprised by – was this building surprised by the ambassador’s comments on Monday?

MS. PSAKI: We did not review the comments in advance, no.

QUESTION: But so you were surprised, then, to – by the depth – I mean, it was a pretty angry statement that he made.

MS. PSAKI: I’ll leave it at what I conveyed.

QUESTION: Thank you.

MS. PSAKI: Thanks, everyone.

QUESTION: Thank you.

(The briefing was concluded at 2:21 p.m.)

DPB # 192

 


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  • amazing2012

    I advice US not to allow Nigeria to drag it into cheap politics. Actually is not responsibility of USA to support, defend, equip or fight for Nigeria a problem created by the Nigeria elites. Poor intelligence, operational sabotage and corruption deep in a system. Poor hunters can gather and protect their information to launch a successful operation for the recoveru of Mubi. A place where so called trained military professionals took to their heel in tactical maneuver ! Shamed

    • almu

      Yea. It’s really shameful to hear ragtag, untrained youths defeating a so called trained army. Even if there is sabotage still one can tactfully plan well and confront and defeat these heartless people. We lack good strategy and will power. As an ordinary person I could not have believed in any ceasefire from these terrorists. And I would have gone on the offensive against these terrorists rather than being defensive. In modern warfare, you carry your fight to your enemies not waiting to be attacked.

      • Chima

        My brother in the mind of some Northern elites(both parties) they don’t see BH as a common enemy.

        • Guest_2

          @ Chima, then who chaste them out of Mubi and Maiha?

          • Chima

            Not the elite. The hunters, ordinary regular folks did in their own way my brother. In Nigeria our redemption is not with this criminal minded elite(East west North and South) our redemption is in our hands.

          • Guest_2

            Thanks Chima, your points are clear now.

  • Akolo Peters

    Ms Paski dodged the main question, ‘In-spite of US presence, Boko haram keep expanding it base’. US need to do more on the fight against BH. Human right abuses is an excuse by enemies of Nigeria. Boko Haram abuses are more than what our Military are seemingly doing.

    • endingNaija

      You are without shame. It is only a Jonathan person that can be this shameless. When your Ijaw president is so corrupt, who do you think will be ready to help Nigeria? You must be an un-serious person. Anyway, you know the game you are playing Reno Omokri.

    • Swagger

      God punish satan!!! So you truly spew this shame publicly? That US should do more against Boko Haram? Because Nigeria is America’s 51st state abi? Or because they don’t pay for the oil they buy from you? Or because we pay tax to America? Or because when US fought Al Qaeda, Nigeria helped? Or because we don’t have enough money and people to deal with Boko Haram? Boko Haram is no longer APC’s fault its now America’s? US has a suggestion. Let Jonathan and his co-travellers surrender power for the Americans to take full charge. What about that? Olosi!

      • Sincerely Yours

        That’s telling him. Good for you.

  • _Proudly NigerDeltan

    US is lying. The whole world now know them as pathological liars. Telling us that Nigerians cant operate, fly or maintain a simple Corba helipcopter is debasing. Make somebody help me slap that woman for teeth. Nonsense!

    Bring the useless helicopter to Warri and watch wetin go happen. We will fly it not only in the air but beneath our oceans, rivers and streams.

    Nigeria should ignore US and deal with friendly and more reliable Kremlin or Beijing. In fact Nigeria needs to change from democracy to more prosperous and representative communism.

    • Oluwaseun

      Good suggestion.

    • postman

      Stop lying to yourself. They do not maintain what they have now and you know it. This is coming from someone with first hand experience

    • Guguru

      Can you point to any complex equipment Nigerians have managed for 30 years or more effectively? Do you know that Nigeria uses a trainer aircraft for real operations? The aircraft is called Alpha jet? Do you know that America’s heavy and nuclear bombers were built in 1960 and they are still flying till this day? Does Nigeria have such a record?

  • Truthometer

    It is not the responsibilities of the Americans to come and do all those things Adefuye was whining about. America don’t even owe us any explanation whatsoever, if they chose not to play along militarily, with our corrupt government. Is Nigeria no more a sovereign state? Do we equally expect the Americans to come and govern us? Boko haram problem is our battle to fight and win. Our irresponsible and corrupt government is always giving us excuses upon excuses why things are not working well for them. And anytime they run out of excuses, they always look around and try to lay the blame on someone else doorstep. If Dumbo and his pot-bellied, inefficient and corrupt generals can not defeat the insurgencies, where the local hunters are showing gallantry and results without any billions of dollar budget, they can as well go and bury their heads in shame, if they have any.

  • dave

    What is all this fuss about.US said Nigeria can buy the helicopters elsewhere.Theirs is too sophisticated for us to manage and maintain.Can we work on our intelligence network and let the Nigerian military get its acts together and do the job they are paid to do.Our leaders are so lazy,all they do is to pass the buck for their failures.We are led by a bunch of misfits

  • Tanko Kokwain

    Which human violations are America talking about?There are no human violations in Nigeria n wonder why they believe the opposition more than the Govrnment. If there are human rights violations they are from Boko Haram n their supporters which America know.Who began BH ?Are they not the opposition that said they will make Jonathan’s Administration ungovernable n because Mr President is a man of peace does not want to rock the boat.If it were others many people will be in detention now n many regard this as cowardice.If America want to help the war would have been over n the reason they are aducing are not tenable neigher acceptable n Nigeria should call off their bluff n purchase these weopons from other friendly countries.Just sharing intelligence without the weopons don’t win war.We now know Americas interesting Nigeria n the Middle East.Americans. Violation of human rights surpasses any in the world.God bless Nigeria.ta

    • zacchaeus Akinleye

      The president doesn’t want to rock the boat? He was elected to do just that if he must. But he is not afraid to condone corruption and use 70,000 security personnel to conduct an electoral battle in a peaceful state while the army of which he is CIC is fleeing from insurgents. These lame excuses will expire in 2015. By the way, if the US won’t sell you arms why don’t you patronize other countries?

    • postman

      Do some research. There are video’s on YouTube showing abuse of civilians. What will the govt do after procuring the weapons or what has it done? They have no intent and motivation to stop the madness

  • Modibbo Adamu

    Nigerians are afraid of the assistance bcos Nigerians’ govt. is highly corrupt to handle such weapons sincerely, they can easily be diverted to different locations

  • Thepeople

    Shameless and clueless Nigerian leaders!!! You live a lie to yourselves, not to the people.

  • Adamawa

    Nigerian government should not blame America, they know the unprecedented corruption that is going on, we dont need sophistication to defeat Bokoharam, it is the political will and determination, as shown by the Adamawa State government and the hunters.

  • Concerned Citizen

    i would hardly describe the assistance as “great”. Her explanations (excuses) are in my opinion too vague. They are clearly not sharing ‘actionable’ intelligence with Nigeria if not Abuja would have acted. Say what you want about Aso rock but this is affecting them, if they had actionable intelligence they would act. And clearly since the U.S. accuses Nigeria of human rights violations they wont offer any actionable intelligence. I am concerned about their double standards because when they kill people in the middle east their justification is war. Nigeria is also at war and in war there are casualties especially when the other side is using asymmetrical warfare. Boko Haram and anyone of its recruits that points a gun at Nigerians is an ‘enemy combatant’ which the government may stop however it must to protect more lives and property. Compared to the U.S military and its armed forces Nigeria is a saint. The deaths by the U.S. from drone attacks alone both documented and undocumented does not give them the moral standing to lecture Nigeria. They are clearly not helping but waiting for the country to implode. Time will tell how they gain from this. They are making a big mistake! Nigeria is their closest friend and potential major allie. Meanwhile the South Africans everyone thinks will lead the continent has aligned with China and Russia (in the BRICS).

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      There is a lot of hypocrisy and double-standards in international geo-politics.The western nations protect their interests and project their world view engaging all resources at their disposal. South Africa has a more realistic foreign policy designed to protect her interests first while Nigeria tends to dance to the tune of one big power after another.
      Nigeria must realise that there are no “half friends” or “permanent enemies”. Nigeria MUST design her foreign policy to match her security needs. If the protection of captured terrorist’s human rights is the reason for denial of lethal weaponry then there is a problem somewhere because this is a lame excuse.
      Nigeria must stop chasing shadows and build ties with whoever is willing to serve whatever her security needs dictate.Russia builds very advanced weapons and has been traditional suppliers to the Nigerian government. During the civil war,the same politics played out and Nigeria went to Russia and got weapons to defeat Biafra.
      Jonathan should protect Nigerians at all cost…..go to Russia and do a deal !!

      • Dr. Kay

        Lol, hear yourself you must have just woken up from an ogogoro induced stupor. Russia that has its hand full with Chechnya , Ukraine and protecting Assad in Syria will not give a rats arse of what Dumbo has to say or give a Fock what happens to Naija. My friend slap yourself in the face twice then you go see say you no think this one through .

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          What an uninformed fellow !!

    • Dr. Kay

      You must smoked gbana when you woke up this morning init? This is naija territory we talking about. You want the usa to come share intelligence or help naija fight our own war , are you for real? Why not blame Ghana for not helping nigeria or even Benin republic. If naija army that flexes its useless biceps whenever they unleash terror on bloody civilians cannot gather intelligence and destroy ragtag area boys and almajiri parapo calling themselves Bokoharam , then they should all resign enmass and let the vigilantes take over . Usa cannot fight our war for us, there is nothing that is attractive in naija that will make them desperate to come and help , even your Oyel has lost its lustre, so mr man go tell Dumbo to become sober and then he will see clearly and make hard decision that will defeat the insurgency . Trading blame from APC, now USA will not solve the issue he needs to issue a SOS to all stakeholders in the whole country to help him out , no man is an island, two heads are better than one. He should know now that going it alone has failed thus far , so please tell Dumbo to swallow his pride and seek help from multi partisan arrow heads cause the more time he wastes the more grounds these goons gains and more lives lost in the process.

      • Wali Ahmed

        You do not appear to understand the issue. I realise you do not like Jonathan, but National security is not about Jonathan; it is about me, you and our siblings who are slaughtered in their homes without any of us doing more than attacking Jonathan and siding his enemies on social media.

        On the issue at hand, if US will not assist Nigeria with requested weapons( which we will pay for any ways), they should not impede Nigeria. The US spokes person just confirmed to the world that the US merely started sharing intelligence with Nigerian security forces in about 6 months ago. This is a war that has lasted for 4years. And you are alleging lies on the part of Government authorities. Why didn’t the sharing start four years ago?
        He confirmed that the US refused Nigeria some hardwares because they claim Nigeria does not have capacity to operate same and you are clapping for them. Is learning to operate the hard ware not usually part of the purchase contract?
        US also allege that their reason for refusing Nigeria assistance has been Nigeria’s human rights abuse record against the Boko Haram. Haba! Suicide bombers have no right to life. They have voluntarily laid it down the day they committed to kill themselves just to kill innocent Nigerians. The people being blown up daily cannot accept theory of BH rights as excuses why they should die while we watch. Those people are entitled to live and it is Nigerians (Myself, Yourself, other people and then Jonathan’s) duty to help them stay alife when BH says they must die.

        If you will not help them stay alive by fighting on their side, do not help Boko Haram in killing them by supporting BH or putting negative pressure on the government.

        Everything we say or do holds meaning. But if you insist on fighting Government on behalf of BH, I on behalf of the next set of victims of BH genocide say: “We who are about to die, Salute you!”

  • kwango

    Nigeria government of excuses, shifting blames and accusing others irresponsibly. They blame no one when they recieve their over bloated salaries and allowances or loot the teeasury only when it comes to performance they begin to point fingers. This is a government that that survives on denigrating accusations and infantile propaganda than meaningful leadership. Always exporting their ignorance and blackmail.

  • Realnigerian

    $9.3Million, $5.7Million. Arms, GEJ, Oritsejafor, NSA, Whither Art Thou?

    • Jan

      subsidy scam

  • Realnigerian

    $9.3Million, $5.7Million. Arms, GEJ, Oritsejafor, NSA, Whither Art Thou?

  • Rommel

    This is the Jonathan’s administration trying feverishly to give reasons why they have failed to protect the lives and property of Nigerians while seeking for reelection on failed policies, shameless citizens of Nigeria who will begrudge somebody of his own things are busy supporting president Jonathan while ordinary hunters are engaging Boko Haramists with substantial successes recorded,president Jonathan should rather ask for nuclear weapons from the Americans,is it only cobra helicopters? it is now that is preventing Nigeria from winning wars against militia,what are these security agencies like the ,SSS,NSA,DMI,POLICE FORCE,ARMY,AIRFORCE ,is it only to chase after opposition elements,where is police commissioner Peter Mbu? why can’t he be deployed to Adamawa,Yobe or Bornu?

    • Sword of Damocles

      Incisive as always. deciphering/discerning the trees from the forest while some others are vomitting mumu philosophy. when I see your nom du guerre, i know instinctively its a must read. Mentally challenged Nigerians need to pay particular attention to your first sentence, it explain this “bruhaha” in a simple way that even the “Stockholm Syndrome” afflicted can understand. Once the masses can identify the ENEMY OF NIGERIA( BH is short term, the undisputed enemy of Nigeria are the ruling elites). Everything comes back to HOW these betrayers have treated the Land of our Fathers, EVERYTHING!! Strength & honor

  • Fitzgerald

    Editor Premium Times:

    WHAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN DO FOR NIGERIA

    The serious-minded advice to America is that it assesses the pros of constituting a totally separate
    Islamic State of Nigeria in the north-west and the north-east of Nigeria. No one’s rights will be
    violated by it. That’s the solution – not Cobra helicopters or an assortment of military armaments!

    Christians in those northern areas will then be legally entitled to settlement lands in the
    Christian State of Nigeria where the resident southern Muslims still desiring domination
    or yearning for an Islamic statewill, reciprocally, be entitled to lands in the north-east
    or north-west Islamic State of Nigeria under the settlement terms of a deed of partition.

    • concernedcitizen2014

      Confusionist. They should live the land in which they were born and brought up, and move to the Christian State of Nigeria with Aba, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Yenogoa as Capital. You have prepared the land for farms they will need, the houses they will live in and the jobs they will need.

  • F. Gerald

    Editor Premium Times:

    WHAT AMERICA CAN DO FOR NIGERIA

    The serious-minded advice to America is that it assesses the pros of constituting a totally separate
    Islamic State of Nigeria in the north-west and the north-east of Nigeria. No one’s rights will be
    violated by it. That’s the solution – not Cobra helicopters or an assortment of military armaments!

    Christians in those northern areas will then be legally entitled to settlement lands in the
    Christian State of Nigeria where the resident southern Muslims still desiring domination
    or yearning for an Islamic state will, reciprocally, be entitled to lands in the north-east
    or north-west Islamic State of Nigeria under the settlement terms of a deed of partition.

    • No Comment

      “Islam is incompatible with democracy as a general principle,
      because Islam denies the equality of humanity. Islam instead
      exhorts its followers to behead and continue to kill non-Muslims
      as compulsory religious obligation (Koran 8:12). Islam denies
      freedom of speech to non-Muslims and denies all the non-Muslims
      freedom of their own religion”.

      “Islam is the exact opposite of democracy, indeed; the very
      anti-thesis of human freedom. He who foists Islam on a state
      denies democracy in tandem – since the indefeasible rule of
      a Caliph violates the rule of law
      . The equality of humanity is the
      starting point of democracy but that is what Islam forbids and
      fights against today in genocidal proportion.”

      ………..H. Shaw

      • Isichei

        @ Fitzgerald,

        The question now is: are those targeted for genocide bound to ‘national unity’
        with those who intend to kill them, and, in the case of Yoruba Christians –
        buffeted by Muslim-led governments internally; are they entitled to self-defence
        by force of arms under international law?

        President Jonathan sees Boko Haram as an insurgency but it is not.
        Boko Haram is out and out a genocidal, armed Muslim Salafist militia
        committed to the treasonous overthrow of the constitutional order, including
        the overthrow of President Jonathan himself. But genocide is an international crime.
        No government has a right to amnesty genocide. So what is to be done?

        • Public Records

          “[On this clamour for a Christian as Lagos state governor]….
          we should not introduce something that will start affecting the
          consciousness of the people. We shouldn’t put in the people’s
          consciousness what they were not thinking about before.
          Even if you look at it closely, you will find that the dominant people
          in Lagos state are Muslims”.

          ……..Alhaji Tola Kasali

          (Lagos Commissioner for Rural Affairs under Bola Tinubu)

          [October 25th, 2014]

  • Dr. Kay

    Why are they blaming the u.s for not selling them helicopter ? Do they think the u.s is a jankara market for arms? Look at what is happening to the one they have ,it’s falling from the sky like stone . And who will give them that type of combat helicopter that will be used against civilians and they will claim its accidental discharge once a genocide is committed against defenseless people who may be striking or demonstrating against the government .
    Ewu to all of you , vigilantes are doing their job without u.s arms and no $1billion budget but through passion for their villages and determination to rid their local government of these despicable bokoharamists.

    • Dele

      Jonathan is not a good president. He does not know how think of real solutions.
      He is not the kind of president who can bring hope or peace of mind to the people.
      I think he talks too much, even when he has nothing good to say, he will still talk.
      His advisers and assistants are very bad people – they are just looking for money.

    • Strong System

      Exactlyyyyyy!

    • Es3

      So if they SOLD (not leased or dashed) Nigeria those choppers, their current support would not extend to training personnel for usage and maintenance???!!!

      The truth is the US does not want to sell the choppers based on some human rights accusations against Nigerian military, of which the US herself is not innocent of in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, etc!!! So why the double hypocritical double standards?!

      • Samuel Paul

        Es3, tell us, is the US wrong to not sell to Nigeria?

    • Jan

      lol

  • Terry Bouncher

    with what is at hand now Nigerian government don’t deserve helicopter!!! let try our traditions and culture and get to the roots of any criminology act an fish out who are behind the dud’s of evil root.

  • Ovie Obaro

    The US is very correct and the irresponsible govt of Jonathan is wrong…No be so?

  • Es3

    Did the FG say that US is not assisting against Boko Haram, or that the form and level of assistance to too low and not enough to deliver the killer blow at Boko Haram?!

    So what has the US said now that contravened FG earlier statement???!

  • ade

    the issue is not about American support or no support…the problem lies with an army that is full of weaklings, who will take to their heels at the sound of mare dane guns…..An army whose generals and commanders have developed pot bellies, and have flair for beer, pepper soup and sex….Nigeria soldiers are as tough as steel when dealing with the civilian populace but soft as jelly when they encounter real war situation.Abegi , we are not fools…how come hunters drove out the same boko haram that sends fear down the spines of our soldiers from mubi? …are they armed by the almighty USA ?…any way what does one expect from an army managed by a confused and complacent government?

  • Washington Benjamin

    If the local people that have no military training and paraphernalia of war can do what the military could not do, then Nigerian Army should be ashamed not to say a word. In fact if I was a military man in Nigeria I would have resigned for shame. Majority of them are the Boko Haram.

  • Night Crawler

    Gej and his political clowns should stop spreading false news. PDP is boko haram and boko haram is PDP that’s why USA fails to help Nigeria in the fight against boko haram

  • boliatepa

    Nigeria is not the 51st state of America. It is a country, just like the
    US. One of the three primary national interest responsibilities of a
    state is national security. In that regard, Nigeria has failed. When a
    ragtag batch of hunters can put up a better fight than trained soldiers,
    it is food for thought. Nigeria is a laughing stock among nations. If you are not ashamed of being a Nigerian, you are
    incapable of shame. This is shameful. Do we blame this failure on a foreign government or on our government which can only govern corruption?

  • Guguru

    A government of fiction and lies is what Nigeria has. Jonathan has excelled in deceit and lies for 6 years. This is who he is—an extensively dishonest person.

  • Night Crawler

    Gej and his political clowns should stop spreading false news. PDP is boko haram and boko haram is PDP that’s why USA fails to help Nigeria in the fight against boko haram

  • Encore

    “[On this clamour for a Christian as Lagos state governor]….
    we should not introduce something that will start affecting the
    consciousness of the people. We shouldn’t put in the people’s
    consciousness what they were not thinking about before.
    Even if you look at it closely you will find that

    the dominant people in Lagos state are Muslims”.

    ……..Alhaji Tola Kasali

    (Lagos Commissioner for Rural Affairs under Bola Tinubu)

    [October 25th, 2014]

    • Dr. Kay

      Who born monkey ,are you a Yoruba man? Go to your tribe and go repair your damaged society riddled with kidnapping ,baby factory and human sacrifice for money . That’s besides 419, selling anything fake from spare part to medicines. Need I go on? So mr man Yoruba people cannot and will not be divided based on religion, we are too sophisticated for that , so keep on dreaming .

    • Fido

      Encore, Philip and co it will not work

    • Aminu

      No amount of deceit,lies,islamaphobic, will change the peaceful coexistence among different faiths in Yorubaland.Stop wasting your time by your these nonsense comments and remarks as Yoruba are the most educated nation in the country .You can’t incite brother against a brother because of of imbecile dormant but wicked leader like Dumbo.If you truly love his leadership quality then let him be an emperor of SS&SE but as for the rest of Nigerians we have had enough of his hyprocricy and clannish manisfestation.

  • Philip Anani

    @ Encore:

    Global Security Report establishes the existence of Muslim cells in Yorubaland
    allied to Al Qaeda besides the tens of militant fighters of Yoruba origin captured
    by the Nigerian Army on the battlefield as Jihadists in the ranks of Boko Haram.

    When Yoruba Christians wake up from slumber they will realize
    they are surrounded by the most virulent and militant Muslims
    today. I pity Yoruba Christians because they are un-armed and,
    defenceless, even though in trouble.

    They assume that Boko Haram is just a Hausa/Fulani murder machine.
    They do not fully understand the concept of global jihad
    underway. Yoruba Christians do not connect the dots that since Yoruba Muslims
    are active cells in Al Qaeda, those cells are invariably allied to Boko Haram –
    whose stated aim is the ‘mass killings of all Christians’.

  • Mimi Tina

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  • Okey

    Insurgents have and are terrorizing the Nigerian nation with high caliber military arsenal whilst the United States “military” is assisting us with note pads and, i-phones and lap-tops. This is the height of false-cooperation. I have always said here that it is high time we reviewed our relations with the United States of America. For although America may not have openly carried out acts of aggression against Nigeria, America is certainly a hostile nation to Nigeria.

  • Recoupfact

    What is true is that Western countries are major contributor to the condition of Africa and its destitute state. What keep the corrupt and illegitimate country like Nigeria going is this types of lethal materials that Western countries and others are selling to it. As designed by British Empire, Nigeria is ruled by gang of criminals; passing from one gang to another for which these gangs are sustained by Western weapons. This so called war on Boko Haram, the people actually paying the price are innocence folks. The barbaric Nigerian military doesn’t know no rules; have no restraint, no accountability and lacks the least discipline. So when these Western countries sell weapons to a system like Nigeria, it means they are partaking in slaughtering innocent and defenseless folks. I’m a bit glad country like U.S. is realizing they are selling deadly weapons to murderers and a system that itself criminal. In Nigeria, you have a situation where a criminal system said to be fighting extremism, but the people they are actually killing are defenseless folks. Every countries should stop selling deadly weapons to Nigeria, period!

    • Dagogo Pollyn

      What do you expect the government to do, when the extremists are in possession of the weapons you refuse to sell to the nation? May be in your own opinion, the weapons are safer with the Boko Haram than it is going to be with the Nigerian Government. Why then do you blame the government for not protecting you? There is nothing one wouldn’t hear on this war of terror.

      • Onyeze

        Bro, you’re actually dumber than you look. First, how did Boko Haram get hold of these weapons? The administration did not protect our border. Just like this government’s corrupt officials, they man our borders with corrupt officials that let in arms as long as one has cash to give as bribe. Or maybe the corrupt armed forces are selling the weapons to Boko Haram.
        Secondly, Boko Haram does not have access to Cobra Helicopter or your dumb “azz” will not be sitting wherever you are mouthing off.
        My point is GEJ should not try to blame anybody or any country for his failure. If USA refuses to sell weapons, go to another country or provide some incentives or environment that encourages local arms production. America might have 100 problems but GEJ and his corrupt, inept government ain’t one.

  • Jan

    $1Billion loan for arm is missing,subsidy scam,ceasefire scam,oil money missing missing…why GEJ for second term? him dey mad ni?

  • Dr Patrick Kolawole Awosan

    Boko Haram insurgency exposes the incapability,incompetency and lacked of leadership quality requisite of PDP-president Ebele Jonathan,to Nigerians and the whole world.On president Jonathan’s watch Nigerian armed forces have lost their fighting capacity,lacked required training,lacked required modern military hardwares,armouries,modern fighting weapons,helicopters and leadership leading role as the best army in sub-sahara-Africa.Nigerians should re-think deeply and shelve ethnicism-tribalism-religious-sentiment and vote en-mass for a retired general like General Muhammadu Buhari as president in 2015 in order for Nigeria,to regain its armed forces lost glory with special focus on re-developmental training programs for our soldiers.
    Even in developed societies,USA,UK,France and Russia would not neglect their armed forces.
    It will take an experienced and highly knowledgeable Nigeria president to focus specially on the retraining of our armed forces, not a leader like president Ebele Jonathan,who encourages widespread corruptrion practices in his cabinet/govt.

  • favourtalk

    That’s just it. They’v exposed the weakness and inefficiency of our dear nation rulers, who are confused and lack strategy to help the nation from his woe. We need a competent man and dedicated fellow who sees the tragedy as their own. All the presidency cares about is money and more stealing. We need change

  • Dankasa

    So Rueben and others, what can you say about these American made Military equipments showed above? Are they made in Bayelsa? My friend, we all know what you people mean by America frustrating your Oga’s efforts to covert Boko Haram. What you people (GEJ and Oritsajafor) really wanted from America is Drones. So you wish, let US bring Drones (like in Pakistan and Afghanistan) and start killing innocent people (in the name of fighting terror) in the north. you think don’t know? America know what the so-called international terror is all about because they created it, is just a gimmick to achieve certain things and we all know that, but as you people planned, Allah also plan and Allah is best of planners! Northern Hunters are now exposing your secret more, Rueben!!!

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  • Nigerianunity

    GEJ needs to give an excuse as to why his useless administration has been unable to hinder BH, and that is why he gave excuse that US is not selling needed equipments, here is the US refuting that claim..what a disgusting President..that was his claim also as to why they used cash to buy arms from South Africa and resorted to black market…so now after US has refuted that…how can GEJ explain the South African arms scandal?

    • Iyke

      Are you really reading from the same news, the release from Ms Psaki that we have just read or depending on hear say? Read through it again before pouncing on GEJ.

      • Nigerianunity

        What am I supposed to read through?? Didn’t the US government say that it only refused to sell cobra helicopters to GEJ??But GEJ and his administration were crying from before saying the US doesnt want to sell them any weapons and that is why they are using blackmarket…I should also ask for you…are you really understanding what I am saying?

        • Dagogo Pollyn

          Read through to see the concern of the US and others, who feel that certain weapons shouldn’t be sold to Nigeria. The top most concern is human right abuses. And this is exactly what Jonathan’s administration is trying to avoid in the ongoing war against terror. But you won’t see it, you just careless execution of war. You think Jonathan should just go ahead and raze down everything and anybody just to end the war in the northeast, so that you can make case for genocide and war crimes.

          • Nigerianunity

            Are you some kind of Wizard that you can read what I think too?? On the issues of Human Rights abuse being the reason why the US won’t give weapons is an absolute lie..the US gives Saudi Arabia all the weapons of the world even though that country is one of the biggest human rights abusers in the world..it gave Israel another rights abuser..it gave Saddam before they decided to fight him..it gave the Taliban during the Soviet Union days in Afghanistan..and it also gave to others not only Human Rights abusers but dictators with totalitarian regimes like the Shah of Iran..the US only cares about it’s interests and couldn’t care less about Human Rights abuse…this is just an excuse the US is giving..this could mean one of two things..either the US doesn’t want Nigeria to defeat BH for it’s own interests or it doesn’t want to give heavy weapons to a completely corrupt and incompetent government because these weapons might end up being in BH hands and just make matters worse

            Jonathan is trying to avoid “human rights abuses” really?? So when he was dancing and celebrating on Eagle Square during his declaration and bodies of children were not even buried yet..was that the man that cares about “Humans” much less “Human rights”??? You are very funny… Jonathan is trying to avoid everything and ignore everything as he has been doing for the past 6 years thinking all these problems will just go away…it took him 3 weeks to actually believe the “Chibok Girls” were kidnapped…a clueless president with an even more clueless supporters

  • tijan kabba

    This government is one of comedy and lies. We are driven as a country by those who are sworn to lies and deceit.

  • Fido

    By its nature the GEJ administration has never taken responsibility for any thing, It used to be the opposition now it’s the US, tomorrow it will be the weather. Nonsense!

  • bigbang

    Why are we still talking about the US? Have we not learned now that they are not our ally?