US embassy cable - 01ABUJA2116

NIGERIA: NSA MOHAMMED ON OFR AND SECURITY ASSISTANCE

Identifier: 01ABUJA2116
Wikileaks: View 01ABUJA2116 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2001-08-28 12:47:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: MASS MARR KPKO PINR PREL NI SL
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 002116 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR AF/W, AF/RA AND PM 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/22/2011 
TAGS: MASS, MARR, KPKO, PINR, PREL, NI, SL 
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: NSA MOHAMMED ON OFR AND SECURITY 
ASSISTANCE 
 
 
REF: A. ABUJA 2072 
     B. STATE 143583 
     C. ABUJA 2113 
     D. ABUJA 2115 
 
 
(U) Classified by Ambassador Howard F. Jeter; Reasons 1.5 (b) 
and (d). 
 
 
1. (C) Ambassador Jeter, accompanied by PolMilOff, called on 
NSA Aliyu Mohammed on August 22.  LTC Idris, the NSA's 
Military Advisor also attended.  In addition to a discussion 
of GON efforts in a number of African hot-spots, the WCAR and 
counter-narcotics (septels), the Ambassador and NSA also 
discussed security assistance and the UNAMSIL troop rotations. 
 
 
2. (C) Ambassador Jeter informed the National Security 
Advisor of the Embassy's efforts to improve the security 
assistance relationship with the Ministry of Defense (Ref A), 
and noted the positive efforts of Minister of State 
Batagarawa to that end.  He also emphasized that one of the 
LOAs, the amended LOA for MPRI, had to be signed within days 
or MPRI would leave Nigeria on September 8.  The NSA 
requested the Ambassador continue to work with Minister of 
Defense Danjuma and Army Minister Batagarawa on these issues. 
 However, he said he would also discuss them with Batagarawa 
after the Council of State meeting that afternoon.  (NOTE: 
Acting Defense Minister Batagarawa, a close associate of the 
NSA, called the Ambassador later that afternoon, and said he 
had directed Nigeria's DATT in Washington, Group Captain John 
Ode, to sign the amended LOA.  END NOTE.) 
 
 
3. (C) Ambassador Jeter then addressed the desired UNAMSIL 
troop rotation schedule, which would allow for the three OFR 
Phase III Battalions to rotate into UNAMSIL as a group in 
January immediately after the completion of the program (Ref 
B).  The NSA took note of the request, but again asked that 
the Ambassador make the request to the Minister of Defense. 
 
 
4. (C) COMMENT: Embassy finds Aliyu Mohammed's continued 
careful distancing from defense issues interesting.  The NSA 
is willing to listen, and seems willing to work in the 
background to make things happen, but is always careful to 
deflect discussion of security assistance issues to Minister 
Danjuma.  This is most likely due to the close relationship 
shared by the President and his Defense Minister; it is also 
due, however, to sustained GON efforts, beginning with the 
President, to protect Danjuma's position and stature, despite 
the Minister's continuing bouts with illness.  Nonetheless, 
Batagarawa's presence, and his close relationship with the 
NSA, seem to have created a back-channel for the NSA into the 
Ministry. 
 
 
5. (U) COMMENT CONTINUED:  Ambassador will raise the rotation 
issue with the Acting Minister of Defense at the earliest 
opportunity.  END COMMENT. 
 
 
6. (U) Freetown Minimize Considered. 
Jeter 

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