Nothing could be so sad to see those entrusted with the management of Nigeria looking happy to snap with military war plane of mass destruction even when the country is not in war with any other country.
According to the Press Release signed by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Nigerian Air Force Director of Public Relations and Information and made available by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the National Assembly members went to the United States of America as part of their oversight function to inspect the war plane already scheduled to be delivered in Nigeria by July 2021.
Parts of the Press Release read thus:
As part of their oversight functions, the National Assembly, NASS Joint Committee on Defence and Air Force are currently in the United States of America, USA on inspection tour of Embraer Defence Security Incorporated, E.D.S.I, manufacturers of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.
Specifically, members of the joint committee are in the U.S.A to assess the status and progress of work on the NAF A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.
On arrival at E.D.S I yesterday, 27 May 2021, the NASS team led by Senator Michael Nnachi, was briefed on the progress of work on the NAF A-29 Super Tucano programme and the scheduled date of delivery.
While briefing the NASS team, Colonel Authur Ford of the United States Air Force Fighters and Advance Aircraft Directorate stated that 10 out of the 12 aircraft were ready for delivery while 2 were undergoing modification and integration to NAF specific operational configuration.
He went on to state that 6 of the aircraft are scheduled to arrive in Nigeria in July 2021 while the remaining 6 will be delivered before the end of October 2021.
The NASS team was assured that the aircraft, expected to play critical roles in the fight against insurgency and criminality, would be delivered as planned.
Responding, Senator Michael Nnachi commended E.D.S.I for the quality of work on the NAF A-29 Super Tucano.
He however queried the long duration of time from the date of full payment to expected date of delivery, which he estimated to be between 3 to 4 years.
In response, the Colonel Ford informed the team that the long duration was due to the challenges of configuring the aircraft to fit NAF’s required specifications.
The visiting team which also included Honourables Babajimi Benson, Shehu Koko, Abubakar Maki and Honourable Abass Adigun were received on arrival at Jacksonville, Florida by the Nigerian Defence Attaché to the U.S.A, Air Commodore Jibrin Usman, the Lead Foreign Liaison Officer on the A-29, Air Vice Marshal Sule Lawal and senior management staff (of) E.D.S.I.
Nigeria security problem is internal war and mostly its citizens are the victims both on the terrorists side, military and other human side.
Decisive and painstaking administrative action may be the right gun or war plane to address the issue of Unknown gunmen in Southeast, Niger Delta Militancy in the South-South, Yoruba Nation Agitators in the Southwest to mention but a few.
Nigeria military helicopter gunships have been reportedly used to fight unknown gunmen suspiciously birthed from Biafra agitators in the Southeast while bandits in the northern part of Nigeria are reportedly building and having war camps.
According to Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, Nigeria military know the forests where bandits are camping but the military is careful to avoid a repeat of former action.
Gumi could not give details of the former action or what backfire when the military attacked the bandits in camps as demonstrated by Sheikh Abubakar Gumi.
Abubakar Gumi made the statement shortly after visiting some bandits in the forest as part of measures to seek the release of kidnapped students in the Northern States early this year.
Hardly do you hear Nigeria military used air bombardment on bandits that are kidnapping and killing innocent civilians.
This is exception to Boko Haram who have been severally and reportedly bombarded in Sambisa forest.
Though there are several military reports of massive air bombardment of Boko Haram in Borno but some Nigerians were surprised of recent to learnt that Boko Haram now control several communities in Niger State.