After four days in America on a first State visit, Nigeria's
new president, Muhammadu Buhari returned home half fulfilled. The vital loot
recovery cooperation was on full thrust but not the quest for US arms. Just
had said no to homosexual privileges in Nigeria, so had Obama also
said his no to selling Nigeria the arms it needs to fight terror.
As a notice United Press International, UPI immediately made
the denial its headline, “Nigeria's
Buhari returns home without U.S. arms deal.” Almost gleeful, author Ed
Boko Haram trivializes 911. They’ve done at least ten 911s
to Nigeria in the past 5 years and committed some of the worst abductions, mass
rapes, decapitations and all types of barbaric violations in human history.
This would call for ten Bush pronouncements of “you are either with us or with
the terrorists.” Yet the US insists on not being with us.
Also read: PDP describes Buhari's US trip 'fruitless'
In our publication ahead
of Buhari's US trip, we helped prepare the president and Nigerian minds for
this predicted and predetermined refusal
to support our war against Boko Haram. Obama's posture wasn't changing. Boko
Haram, though the deadliest terror group in the world for two years straight,
is our problem and no care of the US, yet. There will be no coalition; no UN
resounding resolution, no reasonable financial aid, no arms and ammunition,
heck, hopefully they won’t still continue to block us when we try to buy from
And the 1997 Leahy law has practically nothing to do with
this. We all know the US is the greatest arms trader in the black-market around
the world. And the one nation that always stands
against UN Arms treaty resolutions against the illegal trade. The US
Foreign Military Financing, FMF program, supplies arms (directly and through
partners like Qatar and Israel) to the worst violators, most repressive and
most tyrannical governments like Israel [the
country that has perhaps the most human right and UN resolution violations in
world history], Saudi Arabia, Libyan rebels – arms
which are used by ISIS and Boko Haram today, “active conflict”
embroiled nations like Uzbekistan, Chad, Colombia, Ethiopia, Pakistan and
too many others to mention. When they block you it's some more serious beef
than the conduct of your military. When they bar you, they want you to open
In departing remarks it was clear president Buhari was
disappointed. He gave it straight at the United States Institute of Peace, USIP
meeting, telling how the US had blood on its hands for declining to sell
Nigeria weapons through the years on "uncertified accusations of military
abuse" while watching thousands of Nigerians die.
“Regrettably, the blanket application of the Leahy Law by
the United States on the grounds of unproven allegations of human rights
violations leveled against our forces has denied us access to appropriate
strategic weapons to prosecute the war against the insurgents. In the face of
abduction of innocent school girls from their hostels, indiscriminate bombings
of civilians in markets and places of worship, our forces have remained largely
impotent. This is because they do not possess the appropriate weapons and
technology which they could have had, had the so-called human rights violations
not been an obstacle. Unwittingly, and I dare say, unintentionally, the
application of the Leahy law amendment by the U. S. Government has aided and
abetted the Boko Haram terrorist group in the prosecution of its extremist
ideology and hate, the indiscriminate killings and maiming of civilians, in
raping of women and girls, and in their other heinous crimes.” – Buhari,
22nd July, 2015; USIP.
That was strong; accusing the United States of inadvertently
aiding and abetting Boko Haram terror.
But indeed it is true. The US does not care and we have
racked our brains at why. Perhaps it’s because we are black.
In any case while we repair and rebuild our relationship
with the US; hopefully Obama’s grouse not being things we can’t change…like our
skin color or sexuality; as we said before Buhari’s trip, without further
delay, president Buhari must consider other alternatives including looking
And unlike Jonathan who only in his last minute realized
that there is no reason a big and blessed country like Nigeria should in 2015
be begging for “mere pepper spray” as he put it, and that Nigeria should be
manufacturing. Perhaps Buhari should use this blockade as an opportunity and
propel Nigeria’s industrial revolution so we can become competitive as Iran
became under the worst sanctions in history—and some day sit
shoulder-to-shoulder with the United States as the Ayatollahs did in self
respect and in the interest of mutual benefits.
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