The United States condemned on Wednesday “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attacks near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, but America, still does not sell weapons to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram.
Citing an Amnesty International Report that Boko Haram and the Nigerian military were violating human rights and killing innocent citizens, the United States last year refused to sell weapons to Nigeria. Officials later claimed that what Nigeria needed was not more weapons but intelligence gathering.
As many continue to die, the United States has been looking the other way, transferring military equipment to Nigeria that cannot be used immediately and blocking access to more weapons while Boko Haram has continued to receive weapons illegally from Libya.
With that disadvantage, the army has been unable to penetrate the Sambisa forest where it is said more than 10, 000 Boko Haram members are based and training and from where they launch attacks on Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the latest victims of Boko Haram’s senseless brutality,” America said
“Boko Haram continues to commit vicious attacks against innocent civilians, including children. It has demonstrated repeatedly its disregard for the lives of the tens of thousands it has killed, raped, and injured and the millions it has displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region.
“The United States will continue to support those affected by Boko Haram’s violence through ongoing humanitarian aid and victim support services. We also remain committed to assisting our partners in the Lake Chad Basin region who are leading the fight to end Boko Haram’s wanton violence and restore peace,” the statement read.
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