It was reported that more than 1,000 Nigerian soldiers and other security operatives are in Russia for training by the country’s security personnel.

A Presidential official who did not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter said American government officials have made several regular public commitments on assisting Nigerian security operatives in fighting terrorism, but revealed that they are not doing anything to help.It was also gathered that the recent drama between the South African government and Nigerian government over the seizure $5 million allegedly meant for buying arms and military hardware was propelled by pressure from the American government on the South African government not to allow the deal go through.

However, Mr. James Entwistle, American Ambassador to Nigeria has come out to explain that the unwillingness of his government to sell arms to Nigeria is based on the fact that the Nigerian armed forces had been accused of human rights abuses especially in the North East where it is currently fighting insurgency.

Mr. Entwistle, who made this known on Thursday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital said, also disclosed that the American government would only sell or give out arms when she was sure of the purpose it was meant for.

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