In 2014 the relationship between the world’s largest economy and Africa’s largest economic power where at an all time low. Nigeria’s legislative law criminalizing gay marriages led to the subsequent snubbing of Nigeria during president Obama’s tour of Africa.
Things got to a head when Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States blasted the U.S military for not offering enough assistance to weaken Boko Haram.
The Nigerian government cancelled an American run training program for a Nigerian battalion tasked with battling the terrorist organization behind the infamous kidnappings of more than 200 Nigerian high school girls.
The American embassy in Abuja announced the program’s elimination, saying that it came “at the request of the Nigerian government.”
“We regret premature termination of this training, as it was to be the first in a larger planned project that would have trained additional units with the goal of helping the Nigerian Army build capacity to counter Boko Haram,” the statement said.
The move came in the wake of the bloodiest week yet for the Nigerian army since the war began, with multiple suicide attacks, including a mosque bombing that killed at least 120 in the northern city of Kano.
A week before two suicide bombings in state capitals in the north killed dozens, though precise estimates of the dead and wounded weren’t yet available.
The attacks are thought to be the work of Boko Haram, the Islamist group whose bloody campaign has helped them steadily gain territory in Nigeria’s majority Muslim north.
The terror group normally publicizes its attacks on social media and leaked videotapes, but has so far not taken credit for the new strikes.
Washington had been one of the first countries to offer military assistance in an extensive search for the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok last spring, and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration did not explain its decision to terminate the U.S. training program.
Nigeria’s leading daily newspaper, the Vanguard,reported that the planned cancellation pointed to worsening relations between Nigeria and the United States. The story opened with claims the program’s cancellation is the “latest sign of strained ties between the two countries.”
Vanessa Hillman, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said that ties between the two governments remain strong and that the Defense Department “is committed to the long tradition of partnership with Nigeria and will continue to engage future requests for cooperation and training.”
Ever since the criminalization of gay marriages by the Jonathan administration, the gay campaigner in Chief- Barack Hussein Obama, together with his arrogant Secretary of State, Hillary Rhodam Clinton not only refused to provide arms to the Nigerian military, must went all out to sabotage Nigeria’s war effort, citing human rights violations, including financial fraud and torture of enemy combatants in accordance with the Geneva Convention,in which Nigeria is signatory to.
The Nigerian government contested these assertions, stating Boko Haram terrorists were not covered by the Geneva Convention.
Boko Haram terrorists are unlawful combatants who do not abide by the Geneva Convention. Under these circumstances they were not entitled to the civil courtesies and treatment one would accord to captured enemy soldiers.
And just when you think it doesn’t get worse than this, one is proven wrong. The Obama administration deemed it rational to protect the barbaric Jihadi group.
The U.S State Department under Hillary Clinton fought tooth and nail against the militant group Boko Hara, on its list of foreign terrorist organizations.
This refusal came after urging by America’s Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA and Republican Senators and Congressmen.
“alleged civil right violations” by the Nigerian government. The hypocrisy of America’s official position was stunning.
On the one hand you have Nigeria, the world’s 4th largest democracy and America’s largest trading partner on the continent being condemned by the U.S. On the other hand the U.S went out of its way to offer and provide military assistance to Nigeria’s neighbours Chad and Cameroon, two of Africa’s longest serving dictators who between them have been in power for 60 years, not to mention their gross human rights violations.
The Obama administration’s refusal to provide military equipment and block Nigeria’s effort to procure weapons from Israel heightened political tensions between the two countries to unprecedented levels.
But Barack Obama was not done with Nigeria. In July 2014, Obama announced that due to an increase in domestic oil production , the United States will no longer buy crude oil from Nigeria, an economic uppercut that sent the Nigeria economy into recession in the country’s worse financial crises in decades.
In November 2014 the United States and France set up surveillance stations in Niger, Cameroon and Chad, effectively surrounding the African behemoth Nigeria.
In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Nigerian ambassador Ibidapo Adefuye asked “how and why, inspite of the presence of U.S and French Intelligence agents and sophisticated surveillance equipment surrounding Nigeria, Boko Haram should be expanding and becoming deadly.”
The Nigerian State has weathered the subversive actions taking by the West to bring it to its knees, it has successfully conducted elections and had a peaceful transfer of power, it has by a large extent defeated the Boko Haram insurgency and has proved nay sayers predicting doom for Nigeria wrong.
But unless Nigeria strengthens its diplomatic, economic and military might as a deterrence, such machinations by the powers that be against the Nigerian State shall continue.