ABUJA, Nigeria — The United States is ready to provide military training to help Nigeria’s battle against Islamic extremists, the leader of a U.S. congressional delegation said here.
Nigeria’s military is not outgunned by Boko Haram and needs training, not arms, to defeat the insurgents blamed for the deaths of thousands in three countries, said Rep. Darrell Issa.
Issa spoke after his four-person bipartisan delegation met with President Muhammadu Buhari and military service chiefs.
Issa’s statement contradicts Buhari who asserted, after meeting President Obama at the White House last month, that the United States is aiding Boko Haram by refusing to sell attack helicopters to Nigeria.
The U.S. Leahy Act prohibits sales of high-tech weapons to countries whose militaries are accused of gross human rights abuses. Nigeria is accused by Amnesty International of killing without due process an estimated 8,000 people suspected of involvement with Boko Haram.