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Embargo on sale of military equipment to be lifted – US

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The ban on sale of military equipment by the United states of America to Nigeria is set to be lifted, the restriction which was sanctioned as a result of allegations of human right abuses by the Nigerian military under the US leahy law is to be lifted.

This came after a meeting between a United States congressman, Darell Issah with the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence Alhaji Aliyu Ismaila, the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Olonishakin, and Service Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force.

Mr issah confirmed the embargo was lifted as a result of the developmental strategies taken by the Nigerian government in their fight against terrorism.

He said:

“There were a number of things that were discussed at the meeting but basically the need for additional technical support including overhead surveillance. This was discussed because it is important in the fight against Boko Haram.

“Following this development, we have began the process of lifting restriction under the Leahy Law but the vast majority of the support U.S. provides will be given regardless of the restrictions.

He also said the United States will do everything necessary to support the Nigerian military in their fight against insurgency and also help the Nigerian government in rebuilding of devastated regions and also assist in the rehabilitation of internally displaced people in the northeast.

“We are looking forward to working with the President and the military to rebuild the confidence of the people of Nigeria in the professionalism of the military.

“To make the military something that the people will rely on as the nation tries to clear insurgents and protect the civilians; that is important to the new president of Nigeria, our president and it is also important to the congress.

“But we are looking forward to a great difference in the relationship, a proactive relationship and one in which we can provide a greater level of support.”

Speaking on the recent development was the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Mr Ismaila Aliyu who applauded the improved confidence the Nigerian military now has at the international level.

“The U.S. believes in Nigeria, they have trust and confidence in Nigeria, that is why they are here.

“On the issue of human rights, the U.S. is pleased with what we have been doing in recent times to address the gaps that may have existed in the past.

“This visit is a follow up to Mr President’s visit to the U.S., we have said it and will continue to state that the visit was of great benefit to Nigeria, it has rekindled confidence in the relations between the two countries.”