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US to send military trainers to Nigeria


Abuja – The United States is prepared to send military trainers to Nigeria to help new President Muhammadu Buhari’s armed forces improve their intelligence gathering and logistics,Reuters reported yesterday,quoting a senior State Department official.

Strains between U.S. military advisers and the Nigerian army over human rights abuses and corruption under the  Jonathan  government undermined cooperation in efforts to counter the six-year-old Boko Haram insurgency.

The State Department official said Buhari and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would discuss future security assistance and expanded economic ties in a meeting on the sidelines of Buhari’s inauguration yesterday .

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity  said initial talks with Buhari indicated he wanted a “close relationship” with the United States.

“We have every indication that we’ll be able to start a new chapter. We continue to have advisers there … what I’m talking about would be new advisers in areas where we would expand.”

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