Nigeria’s president has warned that weapons and ammunition used in the war in Ukraine are winding up in the hands of “terrorists” in the Lake Chad region of Africa.
President Muhammadu Buhari made the comments last week from the Nigerian capital of Abuja. According to a press release from his office, Buhari drew attention “to the increased number of arms, ammunition, and other weapons from the Russia and Ukraine war in the Lake Chad Basin.”
Buhari said that weapons were also coming from other areas in Africa’s Sahel region and from fighting in Libya. “Regrettably, the situation in the Sahel and the raging war in Ukraine serve as major sources of weapons and fighters that bolster the ranks of the terrorists in the Lake Chad Region,” he said.
The Nigerian leader said that arms “being used for the war in Ukraine and Russia are equally beginning to filter to the region.”
Buhari’s comments come amid a push from some Republicans in Washington for more oversight of the over $19 billion in weapons that the US has poured into Ukraine, concerns that Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) has dismissed as “Russian propaganda.”
Buhari’s comments were not the first indication that Western arms bound for Ukraine are ending up on the black market. Finland’s national law enforcement agency, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), warned in October that arms meant for Ukraine have wound up in the hands of criminal gangs in Finland. The NBI also said that weapons meant for Ukraine were also found in Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
27 thoughts on “Nigerian President Says Weapons From Ukraine are Winding Up in Africa”
Such a shock weapons intended for Ukraine end up — elsewhere? Oh my. Oversight? Surely that’s not needed, as the illustrious Sen. Adam Smith (D) WA proclaims, who further squints and points the finger at those disagreeing with him as “Putin’s puppets!”
Of course this was going to happen. Massive amount of weapons shipped to Ukraine, the most corrupt country in the Europe by the EU’s own report, with little oversight. And now a ton will end up in the hands of terrorist groups…
The most corrupt country in Europe is Russia:
Or at least, Russia has a higher index in the Global Corruption report.
The Pentagon admitted that oversight of where the weapons were going was a little lax.
Lax-ative being the operative word when it comes to our mighty desk warriors.
Who said you can’t make side bets in a craps table? Warlords also need guns and ammo.
The world needs photos.
No attention in the MSM is being paid to the continueing of a nasty little war in various places in Africa.
That is always the side effect of larger wars closer to home or with crucial national interests in play, not that I can say many of these conflicts got anywhere near the attention they deserved before the SMO.
Imagine that American weapons sold on the black market ending up in Africa and cash from America ending up in the pockets of American politicians.
FTX scandal is the tip of the iceberg.
While it could be true, they need to show proof. Provide it to the US Embassy for a forensic and confirmation.
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