The 3rd Special Forces of the US Army arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday evening. The US Mission in Nigeria disclosed this in a statement released on Wednesday evening.
According to the statement, the US Army Special Force will join the Nigerian Navy for a Special Boat Service for two months. The Special Force will train the Nigerian Navy to counter insecurity on land and sea. The initiative is to promote security in the country.
Part of the statement read: "U.S. Army Green Berets @3rdSFGroup join @NigNavyToday Special Boat Service for two months of training to counter insecurity and extremists on land and at sea. The U.S.-Nigerian partnership continues to promote regional and domestic security. @USSOCAF # partnerships # NigerianNavy "
The statement didn't state the location where the training would take place.
The arrival of the Special Forces comes in response to a request made by President Muhammad Buhari for the relocation of the headquarters of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Germany to Nigeria or any other African country. The US Defence Department had earlier said that the AFRICOM headquarters cannot be relocated to Nigeria but they will keep providing adequate support to end insecurity in the country.
Security watchers are however wondering why America would approve training for Naval officers when insurgency is in the North East where Rivers and Oceans are lacking. Army and Air Force are expected to be the focus except the Buhari government has another agenda.