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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Boko Haram: Trump administration to sell high-tech aircraft worth nearly $600 million to Nigeria

The United States is set to move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to the Nigerian govt for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists.
According to the AP, Congress is expected to receive formal notification within weeks, setting in motion a deal with Nigeria that the Obama administration had planned to approve at the very end of Barack Obama's presidency.
The arrangement will call for Nigeria to purchase up to 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft with sophisticated targeting gear for nearly $600 million, one of the officials said.
The officials were not authorized to discuss the terms of the sale publicly and requested anonymity to speak about internal diplomatic conversations.
Though President Donald Trump has made clear his intention to approve the sale of the aircraft, the National Security Council is still working on the issue.
Military sales to several other countries are also expected to be approved but are caught up in an ongoing White House review. Nigeria has been trying to buy the aircraft since 2015.
Embraer is a Brazilian conglomerate, but the company has been in the United States for nearly 40 years, a spokeswoman said. The company also operates facilities in California, Tennessee, Arizona and Connecticut, employing nearly 2,000 people.
                                                                                                                                              
Once Congress is officially notified of the sale, lawmakers who want to derail it have 30 days to pass veto-proof legislation. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, also said he backs the sale.
"We've really got to try to do what we can to contain them," McCain said of Boko Haram.
A Feb. 15 White House statement summarizing Trump's first phone call with Buhari said the president "expressed support for the sale of aircraft from the United States to support Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram."

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said in mid-February he was weary of the sale because of the Nigerian military's impunity. Cardin, however, said this week he's not trying to block the deal.
"Ultimately we hope that the sale goes forward," he said. "But there is progress that needs to be made in protecting the civilian population"
Source: AP

18 comments:

michael George (the Fulani Prince) said...

Impressive development.

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Not just buying them, hope we'll be able to maintain them.


. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Emeka Izuogu said...

They should better mantain it well in naija...Nigerians that can't do maintenance

Anonymous said...

I know for sure it is not meant for boko haram but for Biafrans and Niger delta

Anonymous said...

creating pandemonium for such weapons to be bought seems to be the initial plan, because i wonder who will buy weapons manufactured by the western world when there is no war in their country. that sum of money can change the lives of million Nigerians but it is about to be used on just one aircraft. open your eyes Federal Government

RareSpecie Z said...

Cool.
Hope they also buy one of em sophiscated toys from Lockheed Martins as well.

Anonymous said...

Trump is doing what our so called Africa brother come terrorist Obama refused to do. Wicked Obama refused to even sell GEJ's administration knockout.

Anonymous said...

I hope Nigerian gvt doesn't hv any evil at th e back of their mind - against their hated Biafrans. Let it be truly for boko haram o.

Anonymous said...

against Niger delta because we know which enemy
more.important to
apc

Anonymous said...

Na maintenance be wahala . But we have bn fighting them with our little weapons .another reason for recession

Chioma Yvonne said...

Good stuff

Anonymous said...

Misplaced priorities.Nigeria is listed as one of the countries their citizens are in danger of starvation if the world doesn't come to their aid and our leaders are here spending $600m. For US this is just a way of selling their product and making money from it to take care of their people.Africa has refused to grow like the other continents because we have ignorant people as leaders.

Anonymous said...

600 million for planes designed in the 90's...Another way to embezzle funds...smh

Anonymous said...

This same Nigeria government will give it to bokoharam...a beg ooo...

Vivian Reginalds said...

hmmm
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

What do we need them for?? Seriously misplace priorities. Give us roads, rail, hospitals, security etc.

Anonymous said...

Later it will be fuel to run the plane that will be a problem

Anonymous said...

This is bullshit, unit cost of A21 super tucano is $14million so how come they are giving us 12 pieces for $600m oh my God Nigeria is finished

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