Trump to sell weapons worth $600m to Nigeria, to fight Boko Haram

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[U.S]–The present government of the United States of America, under the leadership of President Donald Trump, has planned to sell aircraft and other military weapons to Nigeria, in a bid to fight the Boko Haram insurgents, Fox News reports.

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The Insurgent group has been credited with the death of over two million Nigerians, since the inception of its activities.

The move by the American government is coming despite concerns over rights abuses and a botched air strike that killed scores of civilians in January.

The US 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 US officials had said.

Although Nigeria has been trying to buy the aircraft since 2015, 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.

A senior Nigerian military source in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, confirmed that the sale would go ahead and said it would also involve training, surveillance and military intelligence “to support the ongoing insurgency war.”

It should be recalled that in Trump’s first phone call with Buhari in February, he “assured the Nigerian president of U.S. readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism,” according to Buhari’s office.

It should also be remembered that the Nigerian air force has been accused of bombing civilian targets at least three times in recent years.

In the worst incident, a fighter jet on January 17 repeatedly bombed a camp at Rann, near the border with Cameroon, where civilians had fled from Boko Haram.

Above 100 civilians and aid workers were killed, according to official and community leaders’ counts.

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