THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – The President of the United States (US), Donald Trump, has approved the sale of 12 Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano light attack jet to Nigeria.
On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, US officials confirmed that the Department of State (DOS) has notified Congress of the approval, report reveals.
The deal worth ₦219 billion ($600 million) is expected to strengthen Nigeria’s firepower against terrorist groups in the region, especially Boko Haram.
According to the US, the fighter jets are fitted with sophisticated targeting equipment that will help fight terrorism, trafficking, insurgency and illicit trade.
Before leaving office, former President of the United States, Barrack Obama, had suspended the sale of the fighter jets after a Nigerian fighter jet bombed an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Rann, Borno, in January.
During a phone conversation in February, President Trump and President Buhari had reopened discussions on the sale of the figher jets.
This approval comes despite concerns of the US about human right abuses and lack of progress in the fight against Boko Haram by Nigeria’s armed forces.
US lawmakers at the Congress have a 30-day window to debate the proposal and stop the sale, report says.