A sensational announcement was made during the visit of the US congressmen to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, August 3.
The American side is likely to lift the arms embargo on Nigeria in the nearest future.
Darrell Issa, who led the Committee, disclosed the information after the audience with the Nigerian leader and the country service chiefs in the presidential villa.
As Nigeria has been recently taking to professionalise the military system in the country, the US has commenced the process of lifting the restrictions of the widely discussed Leahy Law, Issa announced.
Recall that in the course of his official visit to the US, President Muhammadu Buhari lamented over the implementation of the said law, under which Nigeria is denied weapons based on unsubstantiated allegations of human rights abuses in the military.
Muhammadu Buhari and Darrell Issa.
He was quoted as saying:
“Unwittingly, and I dare say, unintentionally, the application of the Leahy Law amendment by the US government has aided and abetted the Boko Haram terrorist group in the prosecution of its extremist ideology and hate, the indiscriminate killings and maiming of civilians, in raping of women and girls, and in their other heinous crimes.”
Today, however, strong indications have emerged that the situation with the arms provision to Nigeria might change soon.
Issa told journalists after the audience with Buhari:
“There are a number of things that we discussed today. Basically, there was the need for additional technical support, including overhead surveillance. This is important for Boko Haram but it is also important to stop the theft of this country’s oil by pirates and others.
President Buhari with the US officials, August 3.