Nigeria’s ambassador to the US blasts Washington for refusing to sell “lethal weapons” to fight his country’s Islamic uprising, saying it has let down an old ally in its hour of need.
He says Nigeria’s people and government feel abandoned by America.
Ambassador Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye says it is difficult to understand how Boko Haram is expanding the territory it controls and the deadliness of its attacks despite the US presence and sophisticated technology in Nigeria.
He claims the extremists would have been defeated “within a short time” with the needed weapons.
Adefuye denied reports of gross abuses by Nigeria’s military. US laws ban sales of certain weapons to countries demonstrating consistent abuses.