- The Trump’s administration has agreed to sell sophisticated planes to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram
- The 12 planes which also allow pilots to pinpoint targets at night are expected to cost Nigeria $600 million
- The deal is expected to boost Trump’s plans of supporting countries fighting Islamic uprisings, boost U.S. manufacturing and create high-wage jobs at home
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The Trump’s administration is set to proceed with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists.
According to ABC news, the US congress, in the coming weeks, is expected to receive formal notification which will set the deal in motion.
NAIJ.com learnt that the Obama administration had planned to approve the deal at the very end of his presidency.
NAIJ.com also learnt that 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.
According to a source who requested anonymity, the Trump’s administration has signified its interest to sell the aircraft to Nigeria.
However, for a deal to materialize, the Security Council must work on it to get it approved.
NAIJ.com further learnt that the federal government of Nigeria, since 2015 have been making efforts to buy the aircraft but an effort by President Obama to officially notify Congress before he left office was truncated when a Nigerian fighter jet on Jan. 17 repeatedly bombed a camp at Rann, near the border with Cameroon, where civilians had fled from Boko Haram.
The bombing, according to reports occurred on the same day President Obama intended to officially notify Congress of the intended sale. Consequently, the sale was put on hold.
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NAIJ.com also learnt that the deal will be a boost to Trump’s plans of supporting countries fighting Islamic uprisings, boost U.S. manufacturing and create high-wage jobs at home.
The A-29 aircraft, which also allow pilots to pinpoint targets at night, are said to be assembled in Jacksonville, Florida.
"It's hard to argue that any country in Africa is more important than Nigeria for the geopolitical and other strategic interests of the U.S.," said J. Peter Pham, vice president of the Atlantic Council in Washington and head of its Africa Center.
Reports also have it that after Congress is officially notified of the sale, lawmakers who want to derail it have 30 days to pass veto-proof legislation.
"We've really got to try to do what we can to contain them," McCain said of Boko Haram.
NAIJ.com reports that in Trump's first phone call with Buhari in February, the US president "assured the Nigerian president of U.S. readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism."
A Feb. 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."
Meanwhile, in the video below by NAIJ.com, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II blasts Nigeria's leaders over poverty.
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