As part of its effort at supporting the fight against Boko Haram, the United States’ Government donated 24 Mine-Resistant, Armour-Protected (MRAP) Vehicles to Nigeria.
The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, presented the vehicles to Nigerian Government at the 9 Brigade Parade Ground in Ikeja, Lagos.
Represented by the U.S. Defense Attache, Col. Patrick Doyle, Entwistle said the gesture was part of his government’s continued support for Nigeria in the fight against insurgency.
“The sacrifices that have been made by Nigeria to help the Nigerian people and the West African countries in the fight against Boko Haram is commendable.
“I believe that the U.S. commitment to Nigeria is second to none.
“We will continue to support the Nigerian Government in its fight against Boko Haram.
“We are, therefore, presenting these 24 vehicles to the Nigerian Army to aid them in their assignments,’’ he said.
Entwistle said that his government was donating the vehicles through its Excess Defense Articles Programme, adding that the Nigerian Government arranged for the transportation of the vehicles to Lagos from the U.S.
The Envoy also said that it would be the responsibility of Nigeria to repair some of the vehicles that were not in good condition.
Entwistle said that the U.S. government was currently downsizing its troops, and had decided to donate some of its MRAPs to his partner countries like Nigeria.