The United States Government has reportedly withdrawn military assistance to Nigeria citing various human rights violations by Nigerian security forces; particularly the military, which is presently embroiled in a controversy over the loss of civilian lives and destruction of property in Baga town, Borno State during a clash with members of the Boko Haram sect.
According to a report by THE WILL, the US Government’s stance was made known in a private meeting in Abuja Thursday, by the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Terence P. McCulley with about ten members of the human rights community in Nigeria.
He said the move was in accordance with an existing law that bars the United States from offering military assistance to any government that violates basic rights of citizens.
He said the Obama-led administration has therefore ceased to assist Nigeria militarily in obedience to the law.
The US supports the Nigerian military and security agencies with capacity building, intelligence and weapons.
Some of the activists at the meeting include Mr. Clement Nwankwo, Mr. Emmanuel Onwubiko of the Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria; Kole Shettima of the MacArthur Foundation and Auwal Rafsanjani, an Executive Director at Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) among others.