Terrorism: Trump to sell $600m fighter jets to Nigeria

United States President Donald Trump isn’t taking the issue of terrorism with lighter hands as he’s ready to sell highly sophisticated fighter jets worth $600million to Nigeria.

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Nigeria has been battling with problem of Boko Haram insurgency in the North – East almost a decade.

According to Associated Press, US Congress was expected to receive formal notification in the weeks ahead to finalise the deal with Nigeria .

It’s reported that the arrangement would call for Nigeria purchasing up to 12 Embraer A- 29 Super Tucano aircraft with sophisticated targeting gear worth $600m.

Defence Headquarters, Abuja , had earlier, confirmed that the Trump-led government was ready to help Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram.

“ It is worthy of note that some countries such as Britain, USA and France among others provided one form of assistance to the military in our effort so far in the North – East . It is hoped that the collaboration would continue to ensure that this evil of terrorism is eliminated from Nigeria and equally degraded globally, ” Director , Defence Information, Maj- Gen . John Enenche, said.

The government of former President Goodluck Jonathan tried severally to buy military weapons from the then Obama-led administration, but was turned down each time he tried.

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Trump in February called President Muhammadu Buhari on the telephone and assured him of his country ’s readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism .

A February 15 White House statement that provided a summary of the call said , “ President Trump expressed support for the sale of aircraft from the United States to support Nigeria ’ s fight against Boko Haram.”
The AP notes that the A- 29 sale would improve the US relationship with Nigeria , Africa’s largest consumer market of 170 million people, the continent ’s biggest economy and its second – largest oil producer.

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