Ever since the federal government of Nigeria received the final batch of the brand new Super Tucano fighter jets, the people welcomed this development with mixed feelings. What many people failed to realise is that the Super Tucano fighter jets are a powerful tool or asset for the Nigerian security forces. The United States government does not sell weapons to all countries, it is a great development that the Nigerian government successfully negotiated the purchase of the powerful fighter jets.
It is important to note that not every country have the means or ability to directly purchase arms from the United States government. Nigeria was able to convince the United States government through diplomatic efforts and negotiations by the two countries. It is unfortunate that there are people who have taken to their various social media platforms to condemn the sales of the Super Tucano by the United States government.
For several decades, the Nigerian government has been dealing with its United States counterpart without any hitches. This is a result of good diplomacy and understanding that existed for several years. The sales of Super Tucano should never be marred with criticisms as far as it is used to boost the operational capacity of the Nigerian security forces. Having this powerful machine in our national arsenal is commendable, not condemnable.
The federal government's efforts to procure these fighter jets should also be acknowledged. The Super Tucano fighter jets are capable of conducting multiple operations on the battlefield such as providing close air support for the ground troops, reconnaissance and surveillance etc. The planes are capable of operating seamlessly in the dynamic weather conditions of the Nigerian airspace.
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Security challenges are increasing in some regions of the country. There is a higher rate of violent attacks by unknown gunmen in the southeastern part of the country which is affecting the economic growth and stability of the region. Bandits have also been attacking remote villages in the northwest while the Boko Haram terrorists are still active in the northeast.
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