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Blinken links military aid to accountability: "Nigeria authorities will see an excuse for inaction"

FRANCE24, 20 Nov 2021
"Not everything can be solved with more or better equipped armed forces," warned U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a speech in Abuja, who added that "attempts to address violent extremism have at times had the perverse effect of violating peoples' rights."

The Daily Beast correspondent Philip Obaji strongly doubts that this will lead to greater justice and accountability in #Nigeria. Rather, he warns that authorities could sense an excuse for inaction at a time when the north of the country is increasingly prey to both jihadist insurgents and armed bandits.

For The #Africa Report editor-in-chief Patrick Smith, #Blinken's trip is as much about U.S. domestic politics as foreign affairs: "There are two million Nigerians in the United States, many of them registered voters."

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