Then, on April 28 Garrett wrote to a military attaché at the U.S. embassy in Nigeria to seek a meeting with Ambassador James Entwistle.
The Nigerian wish-list again included "protected ground mobility for security forces" and "current imagery, surveillance, reconnaissance (day/night) product and analysis, initially for the Sambisa Forest Region, Borno State, and for other designated areas of interest," as well as the communications and individual night vision equipment, according to Garrett's email to Army Major John Ringquist at the U.S. embassy.
But Garrett said today that no meetings have been scheduled with U.S. diplomats and claims little if any intelligence has been shared by the U.S., much less any surplus military gear.
"To date I have not received a decisive response to our requests, but we continue to work on these vital requirements for the office of the national security adviser of the government of Nigeria," Garrett told ABC News.
A State Department official would not comment specifically on the requests by Patton Boggs but said that the U.S. has been working to help counter Boko Haram for years.
"We are providing critical tools and support, like helping Nigeria professionalize its military to counter this threat. We are working on Nigerian law enforcement so that they can better investigate and assist in hostage situations. And we are helping provide economic assistance -- including job training and education -- that can help stem the causes of extremism," said the official.
"Unlike many African nations that are confronting challenging security threats, Nigeria does not lack funding for its security budget. And as we have said, it is Nigeria’s responsibility, first and foremost, to provide for the safety and security of its citizens," the official added.
Another major obstacle likely is the abysmal human rights record of Nigerian security forces related to counter-terrorism operations. Federal law prohibits U.S. military assistance to foreign military units unless their troops have been vetted for human rights abuses.
“There is a desire to engage with the Nigerian government, but U.S. laws, such as the Leahy law which prohibits military assistance from going to militaries that have committed human rights abuses, have held them back. So there’s been frustration with the Nigerian government and the Nigerian military for not implementing reforms," Adotei Awkei of Amnesty International told ABC news.
The Obama administration's former top diplomat for Africa, Ambassador Johnnie Carson, told ABC News Thursday that the Nigerian record was one longstanding factor in rendering aid to them.
"We were concerned that it associated us very closely with what have proven to be unsuccessful Nigerian policies... like human rights violations by the Nigerian military," Carson said.