US Blocks Sale of AH-1 Cobra Choppers to Nigeria over Human Rights Abuses

The United States Senate has moved against the sale of AH-1 Cobra helicopters to the Nigerian Government over cases of human rights abuses.

Many people, both within and abroad, have come to believe that the arrest and onward prosecution of separationists like Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho, while bandits, Boko Haram terrorists and killer herdsmen walk free, amounts to injustice.

Consequently, the Capitol’s Foreign Relations Committee have voted against supplying the 12 AH-1 Cobra helicopters worth $875 million to the Nigeria’s Government.

The AH-1 Cobra

In addition to the choppers, 28 helicopter engines produced by GE Aviation, 14 military-grade aircraft navigation systems made by Honeywell, and 2,000 advanced precision kill weapon systems—laser-guided rocket munitions, have also been blocked.

Many experts see the move by the United States Legislators as the Biden administration’s ploy to clamp down on bilateral relations with Nigeria, due to claims in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari is gradually leaning towards fascism and oppressive leadership.

The United States Capitol

Criticism of Buhari’s government has come from many foreign political commentators as well as local ones, notable amongst them in recent times was Steve Hanke, who claimed bandits are free to do what they want under incompetent and sleepy Buhari.

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