Human Rights Concerns Limit U.S. Intelligence, Military Aid to Nigeria

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 file photo, a Nigerian soldiers stand guard during Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Nigeria’s military on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, repelled an attack on a northeastern town by Boko Haram Islamic extremists who, as they retreated, warned residents not to participate in the country’s elections in March. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)
A member of Boko Haram (AP Photo)
A member of Boko Haram (AP Photo)

Mark Hosenball, REUTERS

 
WASHINGTON (Reuters)—The United States is limiting its intelligence and military aid to Nigeria during Boko Haram’s deadly insurgency due to concerns over the country’s human rights record, U.S. officials say.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria in its six-year insurgency and has also pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, which has created a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

Africa’s second-biggest economy and top oil exporter is growing as an investment destination. But reports of violence and corruption by authorities have tarnished its image.

 

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