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Criticism trails Trump’s sale of aircraft to Nigeria military

ABUJA – NIGERIA’S military has accused media and critics of
perpetrating a smear campaign following the recent multimillion-dollar
sale of anti-terror aircraft by the United States.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has approved the $593
million foreign military sale including 12 A-29 Super Tucano light-attack
aircraft to fight the militant Boko Haram group.

Ex-president Barack Obama had been against the decision to sell but owing
to the West African country’s human rights In February, but Trump signalled
his support for the sale during a phone call with Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari.

The military has been accused of failure to root the insurgency and human
rights violations.

It expressed displeasure at the alleged campaign to tarnish the uniformed
forces following the sale.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to note with great concern the recent spate of
negative, unguarded comments and derogative publications both on
mainstream and on online media,” Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director of Army
Public Relations.

He said some “unidentified, unscrupulous and unpatriotic individuals and
groups” had denigrated the armed forces, particularly, the army and the
air force.

“This worrisome trend is observed mostly whenever we record successes in
our military operations against Boko Haram terrorists and other laudable
military endeavours such as when the United States Government decided to
sell Tucano aircrafts to Nigeria.”

Usman added, “It is really surprising that these agents of destruction are
not happy with the welcomed development of the sale of weapons and our
collective success.”

The army spokesman said the aim of the said detractors was to denigrate
the leadership of the military, demoralize troops and create doubts among
the public on the military’s ability and capability to deal with security
issues.

“Unfortunately for them, the Nigerian military is one of the best and most
cohesive in the world,” Usman gloated.

– CAJ News

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