Nigerian president seeks US aid to fight Boko Haram

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Nigerian President Seeks U.S. Aid to Fight Boko Haram

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is making the case for U.S. intervention against terror group Boko Haram in his country's north.

The group poses the biggest threat facing his re-election, with the country heading to the polls in late March, after two delays.

Jonathan made his comments in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, asking the paper: "Why can't they come to Nigeria? ... they are our friends. If Nigeria has a problem, then I expect the U.S. to come and assist us."

But relations between the U.S. and Nigeria have been complicated at best, with the issue of Boko Haram driving the division.

The group has stepped up its attacks within the country, employing suicide bombings and mass kidnappings but also expanding into neighboring Cameroon and Chad.

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Chadian newspapers with headlines pertaining to Chad's military intervention against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram reading ' Look out Deby is coming!' (L), 'Chadian army combs through Gambaru' (R) are displayed on February 2, 2015 in N'Djamena. Chadian aircraft struck Boko Haram positions in the Nigerian border town of Gamboru for a second straight day on february 1, an AFP journalist in a neighbouring town said. Three Chadian soldiers and 123 Boko Haram fighters were killed in two days of clashes in northern Cameroon earlier this week, according to Chad's military. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 27, 2015 shows Chadian soldiers watching as a UN vehicle from a United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) convoy crosses a branch of lake Chad, heading to the UNHCR camp in N'Gouboua, in Chad's Lake Chad region. Since the beginning of January more than 14,000 people have fled over the Nigerian border into Chad to escape the bloody attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram around Baga, according to Mamadou Dian Balde, of the UN's refugee agency. AFP PHOTO/ SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 27, 2015 shows Chadian soldiers watching as a UN vehicle from a United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) convoy crosses a branch of lake Chad, heading to the UNHCR camp in N'Gouboua, in Chad's Lake Chad region. Since the beginning of January more than 14,000 people have fled over the Nigerian border into Chad to escape the bloody attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram around Baga, according to Mamadou Dian Balde, of the UN's refugee agency. AFP PHOTO/ SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 27, 2015 shows a man pulling a transport platform made of metal barrels carrying a UN vehicle from a United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) to cross a branch of lake Chad, on their way to the UNHCR camp in N'Gouboua, in Chad's Lake Chad region. Since the beginning of January more than 14,000 people have fled over the Nigerian border into Chad to escape the bloody attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram around Baga, according to Mamadou Dian Balde, of the UN's refugee agency. AFP PHOTO/ SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 27, 2015 shows Nigerians from the northeast town of Baga sitting in a United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) camp in N'Gouboua, in Chad's Lake Chad region, during a meeting with the camp's personnel. Since the beginning of January more than 14,000 people have fled over the Nigerian border into Chad to escape the bloody attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram around Baga, according to Mamadou Dian Balde, of the UN's refugee agency. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 27, 2015 shows Nigerian men sitting in the United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) camp in N'Gouboua, in Chad's Lake Chad region, during a meeting with the camp's personnel. Since the beginning of January more than 14,000 people have fled over the Nigerian border into Chad to escape the bloody attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram around Baga, according to Mamadou Dian Balde, of the UN's refugee agency. AFP PHOTO/ SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
ADAMAWA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 6: Nigerians fled their homes in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States due to the clashes between Nigeria's militant group Boko Haram and Nigerian Army, hold on life under tough conditions at a camp set up by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Damari, Adamawa State, Nigeria on December 6, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY AMINU A BUBAKAR A signbaord bearing the name of one of the missing Chibok schoolgirls, Naomi Zakaria, is palced close to Christmas decorations on December 17, 2014, at Ikoyi, in Lagos, by civil society campaigning for the release of the abducted girls. The northeast Nigeria town of Chibok used to fill up before Christmas as people returned home to visit their families, but with the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram still missing, few feel like celebrating this year. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
An ecavuated fish stand is seen as Nigerian security inspect the site of a bomb blast at the Jos Terminus Market, on December 12, 2014. A double bomb attack that killed 31 people in a crowded market in the central Nigerian city of Jos was likely to have been carried out by Boko Haram, the state government said. 'It's an extension of the terrorist acts that have been penetrating all states and cities,' Pam Ayuba, spokesman for the Plateau state governor Jonah Jang, told AFP by telephone. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
YOLA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 06: Local hunter known as Vigilante armed with locally made gun is seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before he moves to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YOLA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 06: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns are seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ADAMAWA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 6: Nigerians fled their homes in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States due to the clashes between Nigeria's militant group Boko Haram and Nigerian Army, hold on life under tough conditions at a camp set up by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Damari, Adamawa State, Nigeria on December 6, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ADAMAWA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 6: Nigerians fled their homes in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States due to the clashes between Nigeria's militant group Boko Haram and Nigerian Army, hold on life under tough conditions at a camp set up by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Damari, Adamawa State, Nigeria on December 6, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ADAMAWA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 6: Nigerians fled their homes in Yobe, Borno states due to the clashes between Nigeria's militant group Boko Haram and army forces, hold on life at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps in Damari, Adamawa state of Nigeria on December 6,2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ADAMAWA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 6: Nigerians fled their homes in Yobe, Borno states due to the clashes between Nigeria's militant group Boko Haram and army forces, hold on life at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps in Damari, Adamawa state of Nigeria on December 6,2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A young boy injured in the twin suicide blast at Kano central mosque arrives at the accident and emergency ward of the Nassarawa Specilist Hospital on November 28, 2014. At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque, a week after the emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders called on northerners to defend themselves against Boko Haram Islamists tha have been carrying deadly attacks and seizure of territory in the northeast. AFP PHOTO / Aminu ABUBAKAR (Photo credit should read AMINU ABUBAKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
YOLA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 06: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns are seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YOLA, NIGERIA DECEMBER 06: Local hunter known as Vigilante is seen with bullet shots hanging over his neck on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YOLA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 06: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns are seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YOLA, NIGERIA DECEMBER 06: Local hunter known as Vigilante armed with locally made gun and knife is seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YOLA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 06: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns are seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YOLA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 06: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns are seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YOLA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 06: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns perform prayer on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YOLA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 06: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns perform prayer on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Some of 59 Nigerian soldiers facing trial on charges of mutiny and conspiracy to commit mutiny over claims that they refused to fight Boko Haram militants sit handcuffed on October 15, 2014 in the military courtroom in Abuja. The soldiers, all members of the 111th Special Forces Battalion, all pleaded not guilty in court. They are also accused of refusing to deploy in August to recapture the towns of Yelwa, Bellabulini and Dambo in Borno state from Boko Haram, according to the charge sheet. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A man seals mouth with a branded sticker reading 'Bring Back Our Girls Now' to campaign for the release of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls during a rally in the Nigerian capital Abuja on October 14, 2014. Nigerian police on Tuesday blocked supporters of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from marching on the president's official residence on the six-month anniversary of the abduction. A wall of female officers in full riot gear formed the first line of a barricade in front of less than 100 members of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, preventing them from setting out. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Mother of a missing Chibok schoolgirl, Rebecca Samuel, sits during a #BringBackOurGirls rally in the Nigerian capital Abuja on October 14, 2014. Nigerian police on Tuesday blocked supporters of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from marching on the president's official residence on the six-month anniversary of the abduction. A wall of female officers in full riot gear formed the first line of a barricade in front of less than 100 members of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, preventing them from setting out.AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Muslim faithfuls take part in Eid Al-Adha prayer at the Syrian Mosque in Lagos on October 4, 2014. Nigeria's embattled northeast Yobe and Borno states the day before imposed a travel ban through the Muslim holiday weekend to guard against Boko Haram attacks, barring motorists from reaching their families for the Eid celebration. The Eid al-Adha, or Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, marks the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on June 17, 2014 shows Cameroonian soldiers standing next to pick up trucks with mounted heavy artillery in Mora, northern Cameroon, which houses a miltiary base where human and logictical resources have been mobilised to face armed Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which in April 2014 kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria to international condemnation, has been waging a brutal, five-year insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE (Photo credit should read Reinnier KAZE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on June 17, 2014 in Dabanga, northern Cameroon, shows Cameroon's army soldiers deploying as part of a reinforcement of its military forces against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which in April 2014 kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria to international condemnation, has been waging a brutal, five-year insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE (Photo credit should read Reinnier KAZE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on June 17, 2014 in Dabanga, northern Cameroon, shows a convoy of Cameroon's soldiers as part of a reinforcement of its military forces against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which in April 2014 kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria to international condemnation, has been waging a brutal, five-year insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE (Photo credit should read Reinnier KAZE/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans hold a sign reading 'Bring back our girls' in support of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram as they attend the Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on June 17, 2014 in the border town of Amchide, northern Cameroon, shows police forces of the multi-purpose intervention brigade holding a surveillance position, as part of a reinforcement of its military action against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which in April 2014 kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria to international condemnation, has been waging a brutal, five-year insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE (Photo credit should read Reinnier KAZE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on June 17, 2014 in Dabanga, northern Cameroon, shows a convoy of Cameroon's army soldiers as part of a reinforcement of its military forces against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which in April 2014 kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria to international condemnation, has been waging a brutal, five-year insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE (Photo credit should read Reinnier KAZE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on June 17, 2014 in the border town of Amchide, northern Cameroon, shows members of Cameroon's army elite force BIR (Brigade d'Intervantion Rapide, or Quick-Response Brigade), deployed as part of a reinforcement of its military action against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which in April 2014 kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria to international condemnation, has been waging a brutal, five-year insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE (Photo credit should read Reinnier KAZE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on June 17, 2014 in Dabanga, northern Cameroon, shows a soldier standing guard by a machine gun, part of a convoy of Cameroon's army soldiers as part of a reinforcement of its military forces against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which in April 2014 kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria to international condemnation, has been waging a brutal, five-year insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE (Photo credit should read Reinnier KAZE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: A person holds up a sign as local clergy, activists and and community leaders protest for the safe return of the 276 abducted schoolgirls outside the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations on June 2, 2014 in New York City. Despite a global outcry and renewed military effort to locate them, the girls, who were kidnapped last month by the islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, have yet to be found. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: A person holds up a sign as local clergy, activists and and community leaders protest for the safe return of the 276 abducted schoolgirls outside the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations on June 2, 2014 in New York City. Despite a global outcry and renewed military effort to locate them, the girls, who were kidnapped last month by the islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, have yet to be found. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Men pray for the safe return of the 276 abducted schoolgirls outside the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations on June 2, 2014 in New York City. Despite a global outcry and renewed military effort to locate them, the girls, who were kidnapped last month by the islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, have yet to be found. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Schoolgirls who have escaped from Boko Haram kidnappers in the village of Chibok, sit at the Government house to speak with State Governor Kashim Shettima in Maiduguri on June 2, 2014. Governor Shettima met with twenty-eight schoolgirls that escaped from Islamist abductors, their parents and also parents of more then 200 missing girls to seek ways of assisting them. Protests by supporters the schoolgirls have been banned in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, by the police on June 2. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed Cameroonian men of the rapid intervention battalion (BIR) patrol on May 29, 2014 in Waza, northern Cameroon. Boko Haram gunmen killed 35 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria's restive northeast Borno state near the border with Cameroon, a military source and residents said today. Violence blamed on the Islamist group, whose name means 'Western education is forbidden', has killed thousands since 2009. AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE (Photo credit should read Reinnier KAZE/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman with a sticker on her head bearing the slogan 'Bring back our girls' marches for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls' release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman with a sticker on her head bearing the slogan 'Bring back our girls' marches for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls' release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold a banner as they march for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls' release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
People march for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls' release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Nollywood celebrities Chinedu Ikedieze (L) , aka Aki, speaks calling for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls' release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Nollywood celebrities Chinedu Ikedieze (L) , aka Aki, marches for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls' release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Nollywood celebrities Chinedu Ikedieze (L) , aka Aki and Patience Ozokwor, aka Mama G, march for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls' release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Nollywood celebrity Patience Ozokwor, aka Mama G, marches for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls' release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Nollywood celebrity Patience Ozokwor, aka Mama G, pleads for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls' release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman writes the slogan 'Bring Back Our Girls' on the face of another as they prepare to march in Lagos on May 29, 2014, in a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the quick release of more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo taken on May 28, 2014 shows the entrance to Waza National Park, in northern Cameroon, where 10 Chinese workers were abducted by Boko Haram on the night of May 16, 2014. The 10 Chinese workers abducted by Boko Haram gunmen in Cameroon have most likely been taken back across the border to the Nigerian Islamist group's strongholds, a police official said on May 18, 2014. According to the local officials, a large group of heavily armed Boko Haram fighters in five vehicles stormed the Chinese encampment and engaged the Cameroonian soldiers. The brazen attack came as the president of Nigeria and counterparts from neighbouring states met in Paris to 'declare war' on Boko Haram. AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE (Photo credit should read Reinnier KAZE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Students from Midreshet Shalhevet High School for Girls protest outside the Nigerian consulate for more action to be taken to rescue the school girls kidnapped by the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram In Nigeria on May 28, 2014 in New York City. More than 300 teenage girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Nigeria on April 15, 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ABUJA, NIGERIA - MAY 25: Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'adu Abubakar (not seen) makes a speech on Boko Haram militants at the National Mosque in Abuja, Nigeria on May 25, 2014. (Photo by Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ABUJA, NIGERIA - MAY 25: Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'adu Abubakar (C) makes a speech on Boko Haram militants at the National Mosque in Abuja, Nigeria on May 25, 2014. (Photo by Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Students from Midreshet Shalhevet High School for Girls protest outside the Nigerian consulate for more action to be taken to rescue the school girls kidnapped by the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram In Nigeria on May 28, 2014 in New York City. More than 300 teenage girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Nigeria on April 15, 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
People march holding placards as hundreds of Soweto residents gather at the YMCA in Soweto, Johannesbourg, on May 22, 2014, to demonstrate for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria. The United States has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help findthe 223 girls still missing since their abduction on April 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerian security inspect the scene of a bomb blast at the Jos Terminus Market, on December 12, 2014. A double bomb attack that killed 31 people in a crowded market in the central Nigerian city of Jos was likely to have been carried out by Boko Haram, the state government said. 'It's an extension of the terrorist acts that have been penetrating all states and cities,' Pam Ayuba, spokesman for the Plateau state governor Jonah Jang, told AFP by telephone. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerian security inspect the scene of a bomb blast at the Jos Terminus Market, on December 12, 2014. A double bomb attack that killed 31 people in a crowded market in the central Nigerian city of Jos was likely to have been carried out by Boko Haram, the state government said. 'It's an extension of the terrorist acts that have been penetrating all states and cities,' Pam Ayuba, spokesman for the Plateau state governor Jonah Jang, told AFP by telephone. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
President Goodluck Jonathan(CL) inspects a guard of honour by soldiers of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army fighting Boko Haram terrorists during a surprise visit in Maiduguri on January 15, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan met survivors from what is thought to be Boko Haram's worst attack in its six-year insurgency. Hundreds of people, if not more, are feared to have been killed in what could be the group's deadliest attack, according to human rights groups. Some 5,000 people from Baga in northern Borno, which was attacked on January 3, were being helped in the Teachers Village camp in Maiduguri, medical charity Doctors Without Borders said this week. AFP PHOTO /OLATUNJI OMIRIN (Photo credit should read OLATUNJI OMIRIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Still, as Foreign Policy points out, Jonathan has been sending mixed signals. He says he wants military aid but recently canceled an "American-run training program for a Nigerian battalion charged with battling the terrorist organization."

U.S. Africa Command has played an important role in training African military units, as well as collaborating with Ugandan forces in the hunt for the Lord's Resistance Army, an infamous militant group.

The U.S. has been more reluctant in giving aid to Nigeria because, as that Foreign Policy article points out, the country's military has a questionable human rights record.

Human Rights Watch alleges Nigerian security forces in the country's north have engaged in human rights abuses such as, "extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and extortion-related abuses."

Securing U.S. aid could present a big boost in the polls for Jonathan, whose opponent, a former dictator, has a military background that some think will help in the fight against the group.

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