US rues termination of military training programme
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – THE United States “regretted” the cancellation of a programme to train local military operatives.
In a statement, the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria said at the request of the Nigerian government, the United States will discontinue its training of a Nigerian Army battalion.
“We regret premature termination of this training, as it was to be the
first in a larger planned project that would have trained additional units
with the goal of helping the Nigerian Army build capacity to counter Boko
“The U.S. government will continue other aspects of the extensive bilateral security relationship, as well as all other assistance programmes,” read a statement.
According to the US Mission, the first two phases of training were
conducted between April and August 2014, and had provided previously
untrained civilian personnel with basic soldiering skills.
“Based on mutual assessment of the Nigerian Army and U.S. trainers, a
third iteration of training was agreed upon with the intent of developing
the battalion into a unit with advanced infantry skills.”
– CAJ News
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