The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has commended the United States government for its support for Nigeria’s bid to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East through the approval of the sale of A29 Super Tucano fighter jets to the Nigerian Air Force.
This is in reaction to Wednesday announcement by the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) that the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington had presented Letters of Offer and Acceptance which represents the official American government’s offer to sell defence articles and services to Nigeria during a visit to Chief of Air Staff, Sidique Abubakar.
Saraki said the development was a positive indication that the Americans are genuinely desirous of helping to enthrone peace in Nigeria and ending the insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.
While promising that the Senate would support the plan by the Buhari Adminstration to purchase high powered security equipment in order to strengthen the Armed Forces, Saraki recalled that on August 28 when he received an eight-man US Congressional delegation headed by Christopher Coons of Delaware, the issue of the need to lift embargo on sale of weapons to Nigeria by the United States, was a major point of discussion.
The President of the Senate further commended Ambassador Symington for demonstrating consistent commitment to helping Nigeria fully restore peace in the troubled North East. “Since his first meeting with me after he resumed, Ambassador Symington had promised that he would make the lift of the US ban on sale of Military hardware to Nigeria one of his priorities. Now, he has shown he is a true partner in Nigeria’s counter-insurgency campaigns”, he added.