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Foreign Affairs Chairman Urges White House to Increase Aid to Combat Boko Haram (Video)

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Despite ongoing concerns about the Nigerian military's shaky record on human rights, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce said Wednesday the U.S. needs to step up aid to the central African country's armed forces — even if it means waiving the "Leahy Law," a 1998 act designed to prevent American assistance being given to human rights abusers. The California Republican said President Barack Obama has the power to waive the Leahy Law, an amendment to the  Foreign Assistance Act , in "extraordinary circumstances."