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Thought we’ve defeated Boko Haram, Nigerians react to purchase of 12 warplanes

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Postyungcrae on Sat 12 Nov 2016, 2:27 pm

A former State Department top expert on Nigeria’s security Matthew Page had in a piece asked the government of the United States of America to reconsider its plan to sell 12 warplanes to Nigeria.

A proposal for the sale of the warplanes – A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft – is expected to be tabled before the US congress.
Page’s article on War on the rocks said both countries expect the planes to strengthen Nigeria’s effort in her fight against insurgency raving the country since 2009.

However, page added that US policy makers want the sale to represent their collaboration in assisting Nigerian in its counter-terrorism fight.

But Page, believes the act will only undermine US corruption policy, overlooks recent human rights abuses perpetrated in Nigeria, it would not help in the fight against the dreaded terrorist sect – Boko Haram, It would not foster a closer defence relationship and above all, it is way too expensive for Nigeria to afford it.

As a buffer to the points raise, Page, also gave reasons why he thinks the idea should not be pushed further by the US government and its policy makers.

However, some Nigerians who reacted to Page’s reasoning said its still unbelievable that Nigeria cannot produce equipment it needs for its operations.

Others said such expenditure is uncalled for since many Nigerians are dying of hunger and children of malnutrition.

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PostBenson on Sat 12 Nov 2016, 2:58 pm

That plane is not necessary....

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favour freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without ploughing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocen without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. - Frederick Douglass

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