Nigerian leader claims U.S helping Boko Haram by not supplying arms

  • Speaking in Washington DC on Wednesday, newly inaugurated Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari said that the United States refusal to sell arms to Nigeria amounted to the American government aiding and abetting the terror group Boko Haram. 

Unwittingly, and I dare say unintentionally, the application of the Leahy Law Amendment by the United States government has aided and abetted the Boko Haram terrorists.
— Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria
Nigerian military forces have extrajudicially executed more than 1,200 people; they have arbitrarily arrested at least 20,000 people, mostly young men and boys; and have committed countless acts of torture.
— Amnesty on Nigeria's anti-Boko Haram operations
  • The Leahy Law prevents the U.S from providing weapons to country's accused of human rights violations, except when wavered by the Secretary of State in 'extraordinary circumstances'. 

New Nigerian President sacks military chiefs over Boko Haram conflict

  • Muhammadu Buhari, who has been critical of the military's efforts to tackle Boko Haram militants, sacked Nigeria's chief of defence staff, chief of naval staff, chief of army staff, chief of air staff and named a new national security adviser on Monday. 

Useful Resource: Vanguard report