The United States of America has boosted Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram, by donating 24 Mine-Resistant Armor-Protected (MRAP) vehicles (valued at $11 million).
Speaking at the donation ceremony in Lagos, U.S. Defense Attaché to Nigeria, Colonel Patrick Doyle said: “These vehicles provide increased protection from improvised explosive devices, roadside bombs, and small arms fire, while offering more maneuverability and better fuel economy than other types of armored personnel carriers.”
The U.S. government donated the armored vehicles through the Excess Defense Articles Program. The Nigerian military arranged for transportation from the port to Lagos.
According to a statement from US Embassy in Nigeri, the country is in the process of receiving an additional eight (8) more MRAPs through this program, valued at approximately $7.4 million.
The Excess Defense Articles Program is designed to transfer excess military equipment from the United States to foreign governments or international organizations to help with modernization of partner nation military capabilities.
Through a similar program, the U.S. Government donated to the Nigerian Navy the NNS Okpabana in 2014 and NNS Thunder in 2012. The two ships have bolstered maritime security in Nigeria.
The statement reads in part: “Today’s equipment donation represents part of the continuing U.S. commitment to Nigeria and its neighbors to counter Boko Haram’s senseless acts of terror and promote regional security. The United States provides advisors, intelligence, training, logistical support, and equipment to our African partners as they work to defeat Boko Haram.
“We also support those affected by Boko Haram’s violence through ongoing humanitarian aid and victim support services. The United States will continue working with our partners in the region to identify new opportunities to restore order in the Lake Chad Basin region.”