Fighter jets will be released to Nigeria soon - Trump assures Buhari

Fighter jets will be released to Nigeria soon - Trump assures Buhari

- President Donald Trump of the United States has assured President Muhammadu Buhari that fighter jets will soon be released to Nigeria

- He said that Nigeria will take delivery of fighter jets worth $496 million soon

- The fighter jets will aid the fight against Boko Haram insurgency

President Muhammadu Buhari has been assured by the United States president, Donald Trump, that his country will soon release fighter jets worth $496 million to Nigeria to aid the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.

The US president gave the assurance on Monday, April 30 at a conference with President Buhari after their meeting in the White House, Daily Trust reports. notes that Trump said the aircraft would improve the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

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“We are also helping our Nigerian partners by facilitating intelligence, cooperation and providing training and military equipment to Nigerian forces. For example, we recently sold Nigeria 12 US A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, great aircraft, in the first ever sale of American military equipment to Nigeria.

“This new aircraft will improve Nigeria’s ability to target terrorists and protect civilians."

Asked whether he would release at least two aircraft by 2020, Trump said: “Real soon. Part of the problem is you weren’t allowed to buy helicopters in our country and now you are. I worked that out so that now you can buy the helicopters that you want.”

“They weren’t allowed to buy the helicopters for various reasons, which frankly weren’t good reasons. Now they get them, and they get them very quickly, and they are the best helicopters in the world.”

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Meanwhile, previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari visited the US for a bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump of the US.

The president held a bilateral meeting with his American counterpart on Monday, April 30 before their press conference.

President Trump commended President Buhari for the success recorded in the fight against corruption.

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