Rep. Steve Stockman believes that the United States is refusing to help the Nigerian government battle Boko Haram because it disagrees with a recently passed anti-gay law which, among other things, makes it a crime for two or more gay people to meet in groups.
The Texas congressman told WorldNetDaily this weekend that the U.S. isn’t sharing information about Boko Haram with the Nigerian military due its objections to the law.
While the U.S. has pledged assistance to Nigeria, ABC notes that U.S. law prohibits the military “from helping foreign security forces guilty of human rights abuses.”
The United States is withholding information that could help the Nigerian government defeat the Islamic jihadist group Boko Haram, which utilizes murders, bombings and terror to pursue its goals, according to a congressman.
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the Obama administration is not sharing the information because it objects to Nigerian policy. He led a delegation to Nigeria June 12-16.
A source who insisted on anonymity told WND the “policy” is Nigeria’s determination to affirm traditional marriage and reject same-sex unions along with non-discrimination statutes that endorse homosexuality.
“We have information that would help the Nigerian military take back their country and get back those girls,” Stockman said. “The mistake on our side – the United States’ side – is that we have laws preventing us from sharing that information with the Nigerian military. And one of the reasons is that we don’t like some of the social policy of the Nigerian government.”