Concerns are raised that ground‐attack aircraft are of little strategic value in the fight against Boko Haram.Africa Confidential has criticised President Donald Trump's decision to unfreeze export approval for weapons for Nigeria, mainly combat aircraft. Not only does the Nigerian air force (NAF) have a record of causing excessive civilian casualties, but guerrillas have never yet been defeated by air power alone and most think Boko Haram will be no exception. Getting the sale past United States’ objections about human rights abuses by the Nigerian military, as well as its competence in the field, has been a point of pride for Abuja, which regards the deal as a major victory.The sale, approved at the end of December 2017, (p. 21737) was due to be completed before the end of February. The lion's share of the US$580m package is for 12 Embraer A‐29 Super Tucano planes, and their associated arms, maintenance and training. The Brazilian‐designed aircraft, made under licence in the US, are primarily designed for attacking forces on the ground in ‘low‐threat environments’, i.e. where the enemy does not have strong anti‐aircraft defences or its own air force. They will be used in the fight against Boko Haram jihadists
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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