Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Nigeria cancels military training with U.S

The Nigerian government has halted a plan to have the United States military train a battalion of the Nigerian army to confront the extremist Boko Haram sect.

"At the request of the Nigerian government, the United States will discontinue its training of a Nigerian Army battalion," the U.S. government, through its embassy in Abuja, said in a statement.

"We regret premature termination of this training, as it was to be the first in a larger planned project that would have trained additional units with the goal of helping the Nigerian Army build capacity to counter Boko Haram," it said.

Relations between the two countries have been at a record low with Nigeria accusing the United States of not providing sufficient support for its fight against Boko Haram.

After months of informal allegations, the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S. Ade Adefuye, had in November openly accused the United States of refusing to sell arms and equipment to Nigeria to help defeat Boko Haram.

In its response, the American government said it has supported Nigeria to the extent its law permits, and accused the Nigerian security forces of human rights violations.

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