The United States is blocking Nigeria's purchase of arms
supposedly “for its war against terror.” The United States has stated that due
to Nigeria’s repeated incidents of gross human rights abuse and far-reaching
corruption, it will not allow the Jonathan government purchase sophisticated
military equipment. The United States has asked Nigeria to investigate its army
The human rights violations of Nigeria’s military are
undeniable. Very distressing to remember: the murder of dozens of civilians and
burning down of hundreds of homes in Baga (the serially ravaged town where Boko
Haram just killed over 2500 defenseless citizens this January) in April of
2013, by Nigeria’s military under the command of General Azubuike
Ihejirika. Scores of similar cases, which include the extrajudicial
assassination of hundreds of suspected Boko Haram terrorists (evidence in
pictures and on video), and the unprovoked murder of over 30 peaceful
protesters from the Islamic movement including three sons of the leader, are
Again, the well known fact that Nigeria’s army continuously
enables the transfer of its best weapons to Boko Haram, defends the United
States’ position that Nigeria under its current leadership neither knows how to
use military hardware nor how to secure it.
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It is recognized that Mr. Jonathan’s government’s failure to
prosecute a single army chief behind these many atrocities directly indicts the
President of Nigeria in these gross abuse violations.
However Boko Haram is armed, is able to continuously acquire
sophisticated weaponry, and continues to unleash massacres of genocidal
proportion on the defenseless people of North Nigeria.
The Federal government of Nigeria has picked on the refusal
of United States to allow its purchase of weapons as its latest excuse for its
failure in combating Boko Haram terror.
Ultimately, thanks to a hopeless leadership and
unconstructive US policy, Nigeria’s masses are left undefended, defenseless and
out in the cold while the bad guys get the guns and celebrate their continuous
successful campaign of terror.
There is no repercussion to Nigeria’s government for its
incompetence, for its many human rights violations, and its failure to provide
security, a fundamental human right to its people.
There are no sanctions (yet) against top government
officials and the presidency.
There are no sanctions including financial and travel
restrictions against the known Boko Haram sponsors.
There have not been any sanctions against international
players and foreign governments who have been linked to the terror
It took two years of protests by rights organizations to
even get the United States to list of Boko Haram as a foreign terror
organization, FTO and declare a few of its members wanted.
Does there have to be bloody protests before our
killer-corrupt rulers are charged by the international lead bodies? How many
more Nigerians need to be massacred before we get a reaction from the US, UN
and AU against our leadership?
And why is the United States treating Boko Haram (occupying
terrorist forces) like a country?
The people of Nigeria deserve more from the United States
and the international community. Nigerian lives matter.
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