Did former governors gang up against Goodluck Jonathan?

Verdict: False

Claim: On 5th June, a story appeared on the website – ‘saharanews.co’ which made a number of spurious claims. The claims were that northern governors accused GEJ of killing northerners, and prevented the sales of arms to Nigeria which could have aided in the war against Boko Haram, the article further claims that since Buhari is now president the embargo has been lifted.

 

Fact: Investigations by CDD fact checkers found that the post was copied from the popular Nigerian message board – Nairaland. The reason the U.S. under Obama had an embargo which prevented the sale of arms to Nigeria, was because of the existence of the Leahy Law. The Leahy Laws or Leahy amendments are U.S. human rights laws that prohibit the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defence from providing military assistance to foreign security force units that violate human rights with impunity.

This law has been heavily criticised by President Buhari. He has also not responded to organizations, like the Amnesty International’s reports of human rights violations by the Nigerian military, especially in the north east.

 

Conclusion: The claim is entirely FALSE, former governors did not work with former President Obama to deprive Nigeria the sales of arms to fight Boko Haram.