It is no longer news that the entire twelve A-29 Super Tucano Fighter Jets which the federal government (FG) bought from America have all been delivered. After an order for them was made in February, 2018, the first batch of six was delivered in July, while the second one of another six arrived in September.
As it is known, the twelve war planes which allegedly cost the country $496 million are meant to improve the fight against insecurity in the country. But despite the purpose for which they were originally acquired, a clause was attached by the American military to the extent of their usage. And it is that they must be deployed against the proscribed Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorist groups alone. In view of this restriction, the Nigerian government is not allowed to give an approval for its military to unleash them against bandits. This is notwithstanding the fact that the inhuman criminals, with their present dispositions towards wrecking havocs to the society, especially the North-West, their Boko Haram and ISWAP colleagues can no longer be said to be more dangerous than they are. Yet, the control by the American sellers of the aircrafts over their applications remains intact.
But despite the serious clampdown on the elements of banditry that started about two months ago in Zamfara, and has since been extended to some of the other North-West states, they still rage on. And they now seemingly bask in the euphoria that the Nigerian Army (NA) is not allowed to use the weapons of mass destruction of evildoers against them. And from kidnapping, as well as killing many, to armed robbery and destructions of public assets that are meant for the well-being of the people.
Yet, even as the members of the federal lawmakers of both National Assembly (NASS) and Federal House of Representatives, some state Governors and a number of other well-meaning personality in the country keep longing to see the aerial fighter crafts used to stamp out the unrelenting agents of banditry, the warning from the Americans remains the final verdict. But as a way out of this impasse, can the Americans and, indeed, the United Nations (UN) not modify the definition of bandits?
Since it is the definition of a bandits that is preventing Nigeria from declaring them as terrorists and also deserving of being deployed the Super Tucano Fighter Jets against, America should see it fit to redefine them. By so doing, they can be made to face the treatment that they truly deserve for the security and peace of the general Nigerian populace. It is said that a stitch in time saves nine. Bandits are ready to destroy any society they are present in. And as they have been operating tempestuously, they do not mind challenging the sovereignty of Nigeria. And it is strongly believed that they do just the same thing in every other sovereign nation where they are present. Therefore, it is baseless to keep differentiating them from terrorists on a softer note.
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