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Saturday, 25 July 2015

US Senator Patrick Leahy claims Soldiers fighting Boko Haram are murderers and rapist


Senator Patrick Leahy is an American Senator who sponsored a bill that was later signed into law called the "Leah law".

The Leah law seeks to protect human rights by  prohibiting the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defence from providing military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights.
Well Pres. Buhari criticised this law when he visited the US citing it as one of the reasons why America refused to offer aid to NIgeria yo fight Boko Haram.

The senator did not let this allegation slide as he fired back claiming Nigerian soldiers fighting BH are rapist and murderers. Excerpts....


“It is well-documented by the State Department and by respected human rights organisations that Nigerian army personnel have, for many years, engaged in a pattern and practice of gross violations of human rights against the Nigerian people and others, including summary executions of prisoners, indiscriminate attacks against civilians, torture, forced disappearances and rape.
Rarely have the perpetrators been prosecuted or punished. This abusive conduct not only violates the laws of war, it creates fear and loathing among the Nigerian people whose support is necessary to defeat a terrorist group like Boko HaramPresident Buhari ignores the undisputed fact that most Nigerian army units have been approved, under the Leahy Law, for U.S. training and equipment.
Only those particular units against which there is credible evidence of the most heinous crimes are ineligible for U.S. aid. And even those units can again become eligible if the Nigerian Government takes effective steps to bring the responsible individuals to justice. I strongly agree with President Buhari about the need to defeat Boko Haram, and I have supported tens of millions of dollars in U.S. aid to Nigeria for that purpose. But rather than suggest that the United States is at fault for not funding murderers and rapists in the Nigerian military, he should face up to his own responsibility to effectively counter Boko Haram. He should direct his attention to the Nigerian military, and the Nigerian courts, and clean up the units implicated in such atrocities.”
 

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