According to a statement released from the US Embassy in Abuja on Monday, the Federal Government has terminated an agreement it had with the US for American security officials to train a Nigerian Army Battalion,
The statement read: “At the request of the Nigerian government, the United States will discontinue its training of a Nigerian Army battalion.”
“Based on mutual assessment of the Nigerian Army and US trainers, a third iteration of training was agreed upon with the intent of developing the battalion into a unit with advanced infantry skills.
“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 Haram,” the statement added.
This is coming after former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, hinted that the US should not be seen as Nigeria’s partner in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency. because of its refusal to sell arms to Nigeria to fight the Islamic group.
The US government however, stated that it will continue other aspects of the extensive bilateral security relationship, as well as all other assistance programmes with Nigeria.