There are indications that President Goodluck Jonathan may soon meet with President Barack Obama and the British Prime Minister, David Cameron to raise Nigeria’s concerns over the two country’s refusal to sell arms that would enable the Nigerian Military fight the Boko Haram insurgency.
Highly placed security and Presidency sources told Saturday Vanguard that the meeting had become necessary following the Federal Government’s inability to procure necessary arms and ammunition to fight terrorists in the north eastern part of the country.
Already, over 1,000 Nigerian soldiers and other security personnel are in Russia for training by the country’s security personnel.
A Presidency official said that although the American government officials make regular public commitments that they would assist Nigerian security officials fight terrorism, “the truth of the matter is that they are not doing anything.
“Our greatest challenge is that the American government has not only remained unwilling to sell arms to our security services, they have blocked every attempt by this government to procure arms through other means. They do not share intelligence with our security services, they are not assisting our security services substantially,” the source added.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter noted that the decision to explore the possibility of a face to face meeting between Jonathan and Barak Obama was to enable the Nigerian president to impress it upon his U. S counterpart on the urgency of the needs of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“We believe that if we are able to have a breakthrough with the American President, things will be better in terms of purchase of equipment for our armed services. We are hopeful that the trend will be reversed if we are able to convince the Americans” the source further added.