President Donald Trump has approved the sale of twelve advanced fighter aircraft value N219 billion ($600 million) to Nigeria’s Air Force for the fight against the violent extremist group, Boko Haram, White House officials briefed on the matter told the Associated Press.
Trump has pushed forward plan to sell the attack planes to Nigeria once it had been suddenly suspended by the Barack Obama administration following the January bombing of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Rann, Borno State.
The sale of the planes was a part of the problems mentioned by President Muhammadu Buhari and mister Trump in the maiden telephone last Feb.
U.S. officials confirmed on Wednesday that the State Department notified Congress that the sale has been approved. U.S. Lawmakers currently have a 30-day window to discuss the proposal and take a look and decide whether to block the sale. it’s but unlikely the proposal is going to be blocked.
The sources additionally said the Super Tucano A-29 craft, an agile, propeller-driven plane with intelligence operation and surveillance also as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer.
The Super Tucano price over $10 million each and the value can go much higher depending on the configuration.
It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada pt six engine.
The decision to sell the aircraft will return as a boost to the Nigeria military who are addressing a revived wave of attack from the extremist sect. ( TELL)