The New York Times, an American based media platform has asked the President Barack Obama-led administration to block the sale of 12 attack aircrafts to Nigeria. The US in its commitment to help Nigeria decimate Boko Haram, planned to sell the fighter planes to Nigeria - but the New York Times said this should be blocked on the grounds that Nigeria had violated human rights. It said between 2011 and 2015, Nigeria’s military violated rights of ordinary people in a bid to combat Boko Haram menace during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan. Read full editorial after the cut.
Under Mr. Buhari, Nigeria has cooperated more with Chad and Niger to fight Boko Haram. The group, which emerged in the early 2000s, has seized land in the northeastern, predominantly Muslim section of Nigeria. Thousands of people have been killed and 2.2 million displaced. The group’s depravity captured world attention in 2014 when it kidnapped 276 girls from a secondary school.
That hardly seems like an endorsement for selling the aircraft. Tim Rieser, a top aide to Senator Patrick Leahy, who wrote the law barring American aid to foreign military units accused of abuses, told The Times that “we don’t have confidence in the Nigerians’ ability to use them in a manner that complies with the laws of war and doesn’t end up disproportionately harming civilians, nor in the capability of the U.S. government to monitor their use.
Meanwhile, one of the Chibok school girls abducted by the deadly Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014 was found.
According to a report by the Hausa service of the BBC, the girl was rescued in the Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon on Tuesday, May 18. The rescued girl, identified as Amina Ali Nkek from Mbalala village, south of Chibok was said to have been found by members of vigilante group known as Civilian JTF.