The United States has stopped its training of a Nigerian Army battalion on advanced infantry skills to help in the fight against Islamist sect Boko Haram.
According to a statement issued by its embassy in Abuja on Monday, the first two phases of the training were conducted between April and August 2014.
“Based on mutual assessment of the Nigerian Army and US trainers, a third iteration of training was agreed upon with the intent of developing the battalion into a unit with advanced infantry skills,” it read, but the deal ended for undisclosed reasons. Sources however said it ended at the instance of the federal government.
The US however expressed regret at the ‘premature termination’ of the training. It noted that the training was supposed to be the first in a larger planned project that would have trained additional units who would have been equipped with the required skill to counter Boko Haram.
The country however promised that it “will continue other aspects of the extensive bilateral security relationship as well as all other assistance programs.”