U.S. to ease restrictions on military assistance imposed on Nigeria

By Editorial Board - 5 August 2015 at 6:39 am

United States congressman, Darrel Issah, hinted at on Monday that the U.S. will soon ease or even completely lift their restriction on military assistance imposed on Nigeria.

The U.S. Department of State and Department of Defence are prevented from providing military assistance to any foreign military that has been accused of violating human rights without consequence due to the Leahy Law.

The insinuation came after his meeting with Nigeria’s service chiefs and Ministry of Defence officials in Abuja on Monday.

“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 begun the process of lifting restriction under the Leahy Law but the vast majority of the support U.S. provides will be given regardless of the restrictions,” said Issah.

Editorial Board

Editorial Board

Africa Times is an independent participative online news site for Sub-Saharan Africa. We aim to empower all African voices through publishing content by a range of people, from academics to bloggers. We are dedicated to bringing the world an African view on life, up-to-date African news and analysis.

Twitter: @_AfricaTimes

Leave a Reply