U.S Government Terminates Military Training For Nigerian Army

A press release issued by the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria today has announced a premature termination of the Military training of Nigerian Army battalion.

“At the request of the Nigerian government, the United States will discontinue its training of a Nigerian Army battalion,”  the statement released by the Public Affairs Section read.

“The first two phases of training were conducted between April and August 2014, and had provided previously untrained civilian personnel with basic soldiering skills.  Based on mutual assessment of the Nigerian Army and U.S. 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 news release stated.

“The U.S. government will continue other aspects of the extensive bilateral security relationship, as well as all other assistance programs.”

Jennifer Ehidiamen founded RuralReporters.com in 2014. She is actively exploring the intersection between storytelling, tech and development. She has reported on global health and development issues in Africa for Voice of America (VOA News), Global Press Institute, Ventures Africa, The Nation etc. A 2016 Foreign Press Scholarship award recipient, 2013 Innovative Young Journalist Award recipient, 2013 New Media Fellow for International Reporting Project, and 2010 LEAP Africa Award recipient, Jennifer runs the Rural Reports project with a team spread across different regions in Africa. The news portal is dedicated to covering issues around rural development. Jennifer graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism with a degree in Mass Communication and earned a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University. She has published three books: "In Days to Come" (2004), "Preserve my Saltiness" (2011) and "Half A Loaf And A Bakery" (2013). Jennifer currently serves as a full-time writer and communications consultant. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @Disgeneration

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