Boko Haram: U.S. Sells 12 Fighter Jets To Nigeria
The United States (US) Government has concluded arrangements to sell 12 A29 Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigeria. Consequently, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, yesterday presented Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at headquarters, Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
The disclosure was made by Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya. “The United States (US) Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, today presented the Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) in respect of the A29 Super Tucano Aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
The LOA represents the official US Government offer to sell US defence articles and services to the Nigerian Government. “Speaking while presenting the LOA to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at NAF Headquarters in Abuja, the US Ambassador noted that peaceful existence in Nigeria was strategic to the security of the entire West African Sub- Region in particular and the entire world at large. “Accordingly, Ambassador Symington expressed the commitment of the US Government to helping Nigeria completely defeat the Boko Haram Terrorists and also eliminate all forms of terrorism from its territory.
In addition, he conveyed the US Government’s belief that the capacity of the NAF could greatly be enhanced by the acquisition of the Super Tucano Aircraft. ” According to him, the US Government would therefore continue to support the NAF in its capacity building efforts, including the timely supply of needed aircraft spares.
“The US Ambassador also indicated the readiness of relevant US Government officials to work with NAF officials to facilitate the early delivery of the aircraft, once payment had been made. In that regard, officials of both the US Government and the NAF would be meeting in early January 2018 to jointly study the LOA prior to subsequent endorsements by both parties.”