Boko Haram Nigeria

On September 25, Nigerian media reported that „Nigeria and Russia have reached a new deal covering assistance in key sectors of the economy that is circumscribed around but not limited to provision of military hardware”. The Nigerian newspaper The Guardian also stated that a high Russian confirmed the “readiness of his country to provide logistical and equipment support to the Nigerian Armed Forces and security agencies”. The same open source says that it “further learnt from the high level officials in New York, who pleaded not to be quoted yet owing to the sensitiveness of the matter”, that “some military hardware are already on their way to Nigeria from Russia”[1].

On September 20, Nigerian media published a piece of news presenting the decision of most senior officials in Abuja to ask Russia and China for help and expertise in counterterrorism training of selected personnel in armed forces, federal police, and Department of State Services (DSS)[2]. At the end of an intensive training period, all these specialists will become part of the Special Forces Brigade. The source of this piece of news in within the secret services and says that the decision to ask for Russian and Chinese help is a consequence of the fact that traditional Western partners (U.S. and U.K.) can not cope with the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northern part of the country. Nigeria, the same source says, will also buy weapons and military supplies from the Russian Federation.

The same sources declare that the U.S. does not want to send ground forces to Nigeria, and also does not offer sufficient amounts of intelligence to the Nigerian armed forces, simply because the Americans do not trust either the combat effectiveness of the Nigerian military or their ability to properly protect classified intelligence. This lack of trust intervened after a long number of years used by the U.S. to train, arm and logistically support the Nigerian army[3], in an attempt to increase the professional qualities of the armed forces of the most populous country in Africa.



[1]Oghogho Arthur OBAYUWANA, Foreign Affairs Editor, „UNGA: Nigeria, Russia in new deal over hardware assistance”, in The Guardian Nigeria, at the Internet address, or at the alternate Internet address

[2]B. AGANDE, „BOKO HARAM: FG turns to Russia, China as USA, UK fail Nigeria” Vanguard, September 20, 2014, text accessed at the Internet address

[3] M.E. DICKSON, „AN ASSESSMENT OF THE DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN NIGERIA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE FOURTH REPUBLIC”, African Journal on Social Sciences, Volume 3, Number 4 (2013), text accessed at the Internet address

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