The United States has said that it refused to sell its Cobra
helicopters to Nigeria due to concerns about the Nigeria’s
military ability to use and maintain them.
The cobra attack helicopter is a combat aircraft used by the
US marines with the ability to climb at the rate of 8.2meters
per second. It is equipped with a 20 mm M197 3-barreled
Gatling cannon in the A/A49E-7 turret (750 rounds ammo
But America stated that it had provided and approved sales
of military equipment to Nigerian armed forces.
The US State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, stated
this in Washington on Wednesday while responding to
questions from journalists on the allegations made by the
Nigerian ambassador to US, Prof. Adebowale Adefuye.
Adefuye had told members of the Council on Foreign
Relations on Monday that the US refused to sell lethal arms
to Nigeria, adding that America was not doing enough to
assist in combating the Boko Haram insurgency in North-
Eastern part of the country.
The ambassador said the US was letting down an old ally in
its hour of need, and that Nigerians and the FG feel
He said, “The U.S. government has up till today refused to
grant Nigeria’s request to purchase lethal equipment that
would have brought down the terrorists within a short time
on the basis of the allegations that Nigeria’s defence forces
have been violating human rights of Boko Haram suspects
when captured or arrested.”
“We find it difficult to understand how and why, in spite of
the U.S. presence in Nigeria, with their sophisticated military
technology, Boko Haram should be expanding and
becoming more deadly.”
Adefuye said that Washington had refused Nigeria’s requests
to buy heavy weaponry because of allegations the defense
forces have violated the human rights of Boko Haram
He said allegations of human rights abuses by the military
were “rumors, hearsays and exaggerated accounts put about
by rivals of President Goodluck Jonathan and rights groups.”
But Psaki in reaction to Adefuye’s allegations, claimed there
had been “a great deal” of US aid to Nigeria.
She said there were ongoing concerns about the Nigerian
military’s protection of civilians when conducting military
operations, adding that these had been discussed with the