Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari may have struck a $258 million deal with a Saudi Arabia ‘Blackwater’ military contractor to help the Nigerian Armed Forces in fighting militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta region in the southern part of Nigeria.
According to a website, Vaxity, a staff of the Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria confirmed the deal which is “part of the agreement in the Saudi-led Sunni Islamic coalition against terrorism” which President Buhari signed up for on behalf of Nigeria.
The deal, is specifically targeted at fighting the militants in the Niger Delta and nothing to do with combating the two globally recognised terrorist groups in Nigeria – Boko Haram, the world’s deadliest and the Fulani herdsmen militia, now the deadliest terrorist group in Nigeria, the report disclosed.
According to the report, the Saudi military contractor is led by Anwar Eshki, a retired Saudi general who is a former top adviser to the Saudi government. The report says his company was hired by the Saudi Arabian government to fight on its behalf in Yemen.
A Yemeni army spokesperson revealed in February 2016 that mercenaries from US private security firm, Blackwater are among the 400 Saudi military contractors fighting in the country.
Nigerian authorities have not commented on this development.