ICC Note: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari accused the US of indirectly ‘aiding and abetting’ Boko Haram by refusing to sell weapons to Nigeria. United States federal law prevents the U.S. government from selling weapons to countries that have a poor record on human rights. According to Amnesty International, 8,000 men and boys have died in military custody in Nigeria, raising human rights concerns. In the meantime, Boko Haram continues to terrorize Nigeria, and is one of the largest threats to Christians in West Africa. Buhari made these claims after speaking with President Obama at the White House on Monday. Obama promised to grant the Nigerian government $5,000,000 to help combat Boko Haram.
7/23/15, Nigeria (NYT) – The US has “aided and abetted” the Boko Haram Islamist militant group by refusing to provide weapons to Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari says.
A US law prevents the government from selling arms to countries which fail to tackle human rights abuses.
Mr Buhari met President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday to seek further assistance.
Boko Haram has killed some 10,000 people since 2009 and has also kidnapped hundreds of girls and women.
Last month, human rights group Amnesty International said that some 8,000 men and boys had died in Nigerian military custody after being detained as suspected militants.
The military rejected this allegation, Nigeria’s president promised an investigation but there have been no further details.