Obama administration officials were worried about “unfounded allegations of human rights violations” by Nigerian troops, and that was enough to stop this. The many and heinous human rights violations of Boko Haram, the Congregation of the People of the Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad, would just have to continue. #BringBackOurGirls, indeed.
WASHINGTON — The United States paused the resale of US-made military helicopters by Israel to the Nigerian government for its fight against Boko Haram last summer, according to Abuja.
The transfer of such aircraft requires a review, Obama administration officials told The Jerusalem Post, in order to determine its “consistency with US policy interests.”
Reviews of this kind take place in the case of “any requests for one country to transfer US-origin defense items to another country,” White House Assistant Press Secretary and Director for Strategic Communications Ned Price said.
According to a report initially published in a local Nigerian daily, This Day, Nigerian government officials believe a large sale was halted because of “unfounded allegations of human rights violations by our troops,” one such official is quoted saying. The Nigerian official is not named in the report.
“This,” the official continued, “after the office of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had initially approved the purchase.”
US officials tell the Post that such transfers must be consistent with a policy directive revised by President Barack Obama in January, which outlines the criteria for conventional weapons sales.
The policy requires US transfers, including of Boeing aircraft, take into account “the risk that significant change in the political or security situation of the recipient country could lead to inappropriate end-use” of the weapons.
While the Nigerian report suggests Abuja sought the purchase of Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters, Israel predominantly uses Sikorsky CH-53 aircraft for missions involving heavy-lift transport. Both Boeing and Sikorsky are American companies.
Nigeria receives extensive training and assistance from the US government in its battle against Boko Haram, an extremist group affiliated with al Qaida that Obama has repeated [sic] labeled an enemy of the United States.
“The ideology of ISIL [Islamic State] or al Qaida or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed and confronted and refuted in the light of day,” Obama said in his address to the UN General Assembly….