According to Joseph Shevel, president of the Galilee Institute, Israel was singled out as a successful training ground after Nigeria had sent various other groups to several countries this summer in a pilot program.
It's not the first time Nigerians have trained in Israel.
says that they've been coming for nearly 20 years, since Israel renewed its diplomatic ties with Nigeria in 1992.
But the institute never before trained ex-rebels.
"The Nigerians' land was taken from them by oil companies," he
"Nobody cared about them. [The oil companies] kicked out the local farmers and the local farmers started to fight.
The uprising had global consequences.
Whenever a rebel would blow up an oil pipeline, world oil prices would rise, says Shevel
, who expects 500 more trainees in Israel next year.
says kibbutzniks always warmly welcome the institute's visitors, who have even included former Palestinian terrorists.
Working through diplomatic channels with countries that don't officially recognize Israel is part of the job, says Shevel
, who travels on a second passport when necessary.
Shevel adds that the new Minister of Agriculture in Afghanistan is a former trainee.