The face-off between Nigeria and the United States over the commitment and sincerity of the US military in assisting Nigeria to fight the Boko Haram insurgency worsened within the week.
This followed an allegation by a top Nigerian intelligence source that US trainers incited Nigerian soldiers to mutiny.
The source said that recent mutiny by Nigerian soldiers was as a result of the ‘negative teachings’ by US trainers, adding that it was a major reason the Federal Government stopped the US from training Nigerian soldiers on counter-terrorism.
The US, as well as the UK, France and China, had offered help in human and technical capacities to deal with the wider problem of terrorism in North-eastern Nigeria.
But the relationship between the two countries worsened when the US refused to sell military hardware, especially cobra helicopters, to Nigeria to prosecute the campaign against Boko Haram.
The security source, who pleaded anonymity, said the security chiefs and the Federal Government doubted the genuineness of the motive of the US security experts in the country.
The source added that despite the presence of the US experts, there was no noticeable impact on the task of recovering the abducted girls of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.
He added that the US forces had not given the expected intelligence that could have been utilised by the nation’s security forces against Boko Haram.
“Another thing Nigerians should note is that since the Americans came here purportedly to help get the Chibok girls, they have not done anything. What have they done with all their technology and might? Is it not suspicious?”
When asked if the US would be asked to withdraw its intelligence staff from Nigeria, the source said, “They are a super power. It might not be easy to tell them to leave.”
“We find it difficult to understand how and why in spite of the U.S. presence in Nigeria with their sophisticated military technology, Boko Haram should be expanding and becoming more deadly,” he said.
Note: Nigeria is an Oil rich West African country that dealt with Ebola within months of its arrival in the country. A few interesting pointers to note for Nigeria in 2015.
– AFRICOM now has a presence in Liberia due to Ebola.
– A large unwelcome US intelligence presence in Nigeria with no noticeable gain.
– Pending elections in Nigeria 2015. Ex military ruler vs Civilian president
– Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria/Cameroun. Failed pretext for earlier involvement.
– US training inciting Nigerian army personnel to mutiny (coup?). Easy to do with low morale.
– Potential conflict in the Southern Oil fields – Niger Delta