Both Countries are dealing with Insurgencies and Militant Islamic Moveents both within their borders and in neighboring states. Nigeria is also facing a crisis in the Oil rich NIger Delta region that has reduced the daily output of petroleum to 1.56 Million Barrels. This is placing a serious damper on the Nigerian Economy and has reduced the ForEx (Foreign Exchange aka Currency) that the Country has available. Recently the Central Bank of Nigeria has suspended several banks from actively trading in Foreign Currency.
Kenyan Issues result from a regional struggle against Al-Shabaab. The day before Secretary Kerry arrived in Nairobi the group did manage to set off three explosions within Somalia. Clearly both Nations do need some assistance.
Secretary Kerry has promised direct Military Aid to Nigeria. This is a role reversal from 2014 when the United States vetoed two attempts by the Nigerian Military to procur Helicopters so that they could deal with the Boko Haram Miltant Insurgency.
Lets move to South Sudan. On tuesday the editor of Confused Eagle received a tip that the Staff Director of a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee was being sent to Juba for a 24 hour long visit. The gist of the visit was to inform the leadership of South Sudan that legislation that is currently in Congress that would impose Sanctions on the suffering African Country is being fast tracked through the Congress. This is meant to be a warning to the warring factions to get back to the talks.
AFRICOM has also kicked off the latest version African Endeavor this week as well. This exercise which is being held on Madagascar is a five day long symposium where African States gather with key partners to discuss the capability of interoperability in a crisis situation.
Since it began in 2006 over 2,000 Communication Specialists from 40 Nations and several regional NGOs have attended this conference.
The US has sent the first Kiowa and Blackhawk Helicopters to Tunisia according to reports. According to reports the Tunisian Military will receive a total of 24 Kiowas and 12 Blackhawk Transport Helicopters.
The sale of these rotary wing aircraft valued at over $100 Million was approved in May this year.