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Nigeria not comfortable with US role in fight against Boko Haram

By KINGSLEY OMONOBI-ABUJA
Indications emerged yesterday that the leadership of the nation’s security agencies are not comfortable with the role of the United States in the fight against Boko Haram terrorism following the constant blockade of plans to purchase arms from other willing countries.

A top security personnel who spoke to Vanguard under condition of anonymity, noted that the same American who told the world they were coming to Nigeria assist in the fight against terrorism, in the wake of the abduction of the Chibok girls, last year and were granted free access to Nigeria’s security facilities, have only ended up sabotaging efforts to procure arms to end the war on terror.

“When they came, they were given access to the nation’s military control centre. Since they refused to sell us arms and equipment for whatever reasons, we thought they will provide us with intelligence reports on the movements of these terrorists because they have drones and satellite tracking systems which would have assisted us a lot”.

“But as I am talking with you, they are not providing us the information we need. They say they are gathering information. What are they doing with the information?

If they were helping us with information, the movement of Boko Haram terrorists in the night because it is a terrain they understand very well, would have been tracked and the intelligence made available to Nigerian military.

“What is surprising to us is that the same United States is sending fighter aircraft to support the fight against ISIL in Syria; supporting the fight against terrorism in Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan.

Why is the fight against Boko Haram which they have tagged a terrorist organization different?


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