Misunderstood U.S. Law 'Can Help Nigeria'

The widespread positive response to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to Washington, D.C. has been shadowed by his critique of  a U.S. law that limits taxpayer-funded aid to abusive security forces. Inaccurately portraying the 'Leahy Law' as constraining the fight against Boko Haram - a misreading repeated in media coverage - has raised concerns among supporters of the law. At the same time, Buhari was clear that the United States backs the campaign against Boko Haram and welcomed the  "understanding and willingness to support Nigeria." He told an overflow audience at the United States Institute of Peace that he would restore trust in the country's governance and credited U.S. pressure - including a pre-election visit by Secretary of State John Kerry - with helping ensure a free and fair vote. The pressure, he said, "was sustained by the United States up to the last."



  • Nigeria:   Misread U.S. Law Can Help Buhari

    allAfrica, 27 July 2015

    In a well-received speech that largely focused on his desire to address impunity and corruption in his country and to create a “responsive, inclusive, transparent… Read more »

Ambassador Johnnie Carson (left) and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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