- A civil society organization has hailed the president of the United States of America Donald Trump for his government's approval on the sale of aircraft to Nigeria
- The group said Trump's decision is an endorsement of Nigerian military's professionalism
- The group also said the approval is a testament of his commitment to firmly deal with terrorists around the globe
A civil society organization has hailed the president of the United States of America Donald Trump for his government's approval on the sale of 12 aircraft to aid in the fight against insurgency.
The group, Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) Trump's approval of 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from Colorado-based Sierra Nevada Corp to Nigeria is an endorsement of Nigerian military's professionalism in the fight against terrorism.
CESJET's executive secretary Isaac Ikpa said the approval is also a testament of his commitment to firmly deal with terrorists around the globe.
Ikpa said Trump's decision to sign off on the aircraft opens a new hope and encourages other countries willing to join the effort in eliminating terrorism from the globe.
He also said the approval with soon be extended to other categories of military hardware that could help Nigeria's counter-terrorism fight.
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"In this regard, Mr President's pragmatic approach should become the reference point everywhere in the world," Ikpa said.
"On the strength of our work in Nigeria, we testify that the Nigerian military has reformed while its human rights record has tremendously improved under the current leadership, a development that was never acknowledged by Amnesty International and the international media circuit.
"You have appropriately described them as "Fraudulent Mainstream Media" (Fraudulent MSM), purveyors of fake news, owing top your experience with how they distort facts to suit their agenda," he said.
"Such agenda heavily tainted the reports that have been issued on Nigeria's experience with combating terrorism. Reports by organizations like Amnesty International and others conflict with the reality on ground because they are based on their maliciously biased judgment of the Nigerian state.
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The group said Trump has clearly and boldly warned all terrorist group that their is no room for their activities in Nigeria and America.
"CESJET is of the view that the total elimination of Boko Haram in Nigeria would move the world closer to stemming the tide of terrorism," Ikpa added.
The current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated commitment to this global imperative with the implementation of transparent defence procurement and adherence to high human rights benchmarks in its over two years in office.
We therefore prescribe that relationship between Nigeria and the USA be further strengthened towards the total eradication of terrorism in the sub-region.
"Mr President is however invited to note the escalation of attempts by Boko Haram to resurge in recent weeks. It is noteworthy that the degeneration in the situation in Nigeria's northeast resumed only when the country began exploring crude oil in the Lake Chad Basin, which indicates international factors are involved in the persistence of terrorism there.
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"It is therefore desirable that the intelligence community assist in exposing those who want to keep the world unsafe even when you have committed to the war against terrorism in Nigeria.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Trump's administration approved the sale of 12 high-tech attack planes to Nigeria.
The planes will be used by the Nigerian military in its fight against the Boko Haram terrorists operating in the North-East.
The planes also include about a dozen of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.
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