General Muhammadu Buhari has accused the United States of ‘aiding and abetting’ the Boko Haram Islamist sect by their refusal to supply arms to the country.
A law in America known as the Leahy Law prevents the US government from selling arms to countries which fail to tackle human rights abuses.
Ever since Buhari assumed office on Friday, May 29, 2015 the insurgents under the umbrella of Boko Haram have continued to wreck havoc with several attacks almost on a daily basis across the nation which has got a number of citizens really disappointed with the president who promised to crush the sect as soon as he assumed office.
President Buhari and his 33-man delegation just concluded a 4-day trip to the US on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 and he disclosed the accusation during an address to the members of the US Institute of Peace.
He said, “In our efforts at combating the activities of Boko Haram, the new Government has sought and obtained the support of not only our neighbours other international friends and partners.
“Regrettably, the blanket application of the Leahy Law by the United States on the grounds of unproven allegations of human rights violations levelled against our forces has denied us access to appropriate strategic weapons to prosecute the war against the insurgents.
“Our forces have remained largely impotent because they do not possess the appropriate weapons and technology which they could have had, had the so-called human rights violations not been an obstacle.
“Unwittingly, and I dare say, unintentionally, the application of the Leahy Law amendment by the U. S. 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.”