President Buhari: How Will We Fight Boko Haram With Non-Existent Air Force?

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President Muhammadu Buhari while speaking to Good Morning Nigeria program has lamented that there were not enough serviceable Air force fighter jets and other military hardware to quickly win the war against Boko Haram terrorists.

President Buhari made the statement while failing to reply repeated questions on whether or not he was able to secure a commitment from the US to sell critical equipment to stop insurgency.

Nigerian president said: “The US has high technology, and of course the other developed countries like China.

“Our case is lack of capacity and effective Air force.

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“The Air force is virtually non-existent.  The fixed wings aircraft are not very serviceable.  The helicopters are not serviceable and they are too few.

“We need Air force to conduct reconnaissance and support the ground troops.

“The arrangement made by the former government will soon expire.  

“We have made this clear to the Americans and we have made it clear to G7 and we need their cooperation.”

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President Buhari also gave an insight into those to be named as his ministers, saying that he would appoint only patriotic Nigerians who were knowledgeable professionals and technocrats who had not been compromised.

 It should be noted that the Buhari government is currently negotiating with Boko Haram terrorists for the release of 219 Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped more than one year ago.

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