The United State Government has finally approved the sale of A-29 Super Tucano Bomber Jets to Nigeria with its associated parts, training, facilities and weapons.
After the US State Department approved the sale, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is said to have delivered the certification of the foreign military sale to Congress, as required by law, on August 2.
Nigeria will receive the 12 bomber jets equipped with wing-mounted machine guns, weapons integration with advanced surveillance, precision-guided bombs, and air-to-air missiles to further prosecute the war against Boko Haram insurgent.
The US belived the bomber jets will aid in fighting extremist groups such as the Islamic State West Africa splinter group and to counter smuggling and other trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.
The DSCA reportedly informed the US Congress that US security interests were better served by assisting Nigeria in its counter-insurgency operations and that the A-29 sale would not significantly alter the military balance of power in the Lake Chad region.
In times past, the US government under former President Barack Obama blocked the sale of the fighter jets to Nigeria alleging human rights abuses by the Nigerian Army in the war against Boko Haram.