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Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Loveurneighbour: 5:06am On Apr 15
The United States State Department has cleared the sale of 12 AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters to Nigeria worth nearly $1bn, apparently after US lawmakers lifted objections over human rights concerns.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Thursday announced the sale of the helicopters and related defence systems to the Nigerian military.

The package includes $25m for human rights-related training, according to YahooNews.

The sale includes the Bell-made Cobras; 28 General Electric-made T700-401C engines; 2,000 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems used to convert unguided missiles into precision-guided missiles; and night vision, targeting and navigation systems.

The case highlights the Biden administration’s attempts to balance human rights concerns in the arms sale process.

Foreign Policy had reported in July that the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee delayed the sale amid concerns Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was drifting toward authoritarianism. The country is facing multiple security challenges, including terrorism.

“Nigeria requires a fundamental rethink of the framework of our overall engagement,” committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., told Secretary of State Antony Blinken during the diplomat’s testimony before the panel last year.

Menendez also tweeted that “the Nigerian government must get serious about security” after the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 300 schoolboys in December 2020. The Nigerian government also ran afoul of the New Jersey Democrat in 2019 after arresting one of his constituents, Nigerian-American journalist Omoyele Sowore.

According to the announcement, $25m in the package will be dedicated to “institutional and technical assistance” to Nigeria’s military to continue its Air-to-Ground Integration program, which concerns targeting processes that are consistent with international humanitarian law and the laws of armed conflict.

“The proposed sale will better equip Nigeria to contribute to shared security objectives, promote regional stability and build interoperability with the U.S. and other Western partners,” the announcement read.

“This sale will be a major contribution to US and Nigerian security goals,” it added

The development appears to open a new chapter in US-Nigeria relations.

The United States had last May said there was no plan to relocate its Africa Command from its current base in Germany to Nigeria or any other part of Africa despite the worsening state of insecurity in the region.

The US gave the response barely two weeks after the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), appealed to the US government to consider relocating AFRICOM to Africa to assist Nigeria and other adjoining countries to combat worsening terrorism, banditry and other security crises.

The President made the plea in a virtual meeting with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on April 27, 2021

Germany-based Africa Command (AFRICOM) is the US military headquarters that oversees its operations in Africa.

Buhari’s request followed a series of recent military casualties in Nigeria’s decade-long fight against Boko Haram terrorists, fresh expansion of the insurgents’ bases to Niger and Nasarawa States, and heavy waves of abductions and killings by bandits in the North.

Buhari had said, “In this connection, and considering the growing security challenges in West and Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region and the Sahel, weighing heavily on Africa, it underscores the need for the United States to consider relocating AFRICOM headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.”

However, the US government later ruled out any plan to relocate AFRICOM from its current base in Germany to Nigeria or any part of Africa.

According to the United States Department of Defence’ Pentagon, previous studies have shown that the cost of relocating AFRICOM from Germany to Africa is very huge.

Meanwhile, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will on Tuesday meet the service chiefs over the rising spate of insecurity in the country.

The Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru, disclosed this on Thursday, while briefing journalists after the Council of State meeting in Abuja.

According to the governor, the proposed meeting is sequel to the recommendations by the council over the security challenge in the country.

But the Peoples Democratic Party described the All Progressives Congress as a failure over its inability to tackle the insecurity rocking the nation, stressing that Nigerians are waiting eagerly for 2023 to vote them out of power.

The party accused the government of always passing the buck, describing it as incompetent.

https://punchng.com/insecurity-us-approves-1bn-attack-helicopters-others-for-nigeria-buhari-meets-service-chiefs/

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Hamzaaaaaaaa(m): 5:27am On Apr 15
Hmm
As they said, people (bubu and his generals) won't pray for ds act of terrorism from Foolanis and ipobs to end
May God continue to protect us

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by sweetsdolce: 5:40am On Apr 15
Nigeria will collect and might still support Russia tomorrow grin

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Ecos(m): 5:43am On Apr 15
Lies from pit of hell

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Tundex911: 5:44am On Apr 15
Something wey TERRIOST go still collat from them...

Failed Nation

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Aufbauh(m): 5:46am On Apr 15
Nigeria security situation has become increasingly worrisome due majorly to the complicity of the locals.

I'm a firm believer of the view that affirmed that Security is a collective responsibility of all.

So long as people who are supposed to watch out their locality are in collusion with the aggressors there's little the security agents can do even with sophisticated ammunitions.

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Born2Breed(f): 5:46am On Apr 15
Upon all
Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Holamic(m): 5:47am On Apr 15
Who will use the money bandits or FG

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by RisenJoe(m): 5:48am On Apr 15
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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by mogbeyiteren: 5:48am On Apr 15
The US and some people in Nigeria are just making money from insecurity. Ordinarily the government cannot disburse such money to empower d youth.

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Searchingvictor: 5:49am On Apr 15
Please.

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Guyman02: 5:50am On Apr 15
From the headline you would think it's for free, I would prefer the buy the cheaper and more effective variants from Russia like MI-34 now that Russia has announced it will sell goods at below market price to allies

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Paradigms: 5:51am On Apr 15
Everything to save the dying dollar

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by ovie8200: 5:53am On Apr 15
And tomorrow some ignorant people who are so stupid and hate usa so much will come here saying nonsense against usa and praising China who will never give anything for free to any country.

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by ovie8200: 5:54am On Apr 15
Paradigms:
Everything to save the dying dollar


you see the stupidity I am talking about. hater hater hater. you are next on the bandits list.....

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by stano2(m): 5:54am On Apr 15
Mumu terrorism fight
Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Deeprooted: 5:55am On Apr 15
I think say na dash Dem wan dash is sef
Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by stano2(m): 5:56am On Apr 15
ovie8200:
And tomorrow some ignorant people who are so stupid and hate usa so much will come here saying nonsense against usa and praising China who will never give anything for free to any country.
What are you even saying, can’t you see the $1bn price tag

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by treatise: 5:56am On Apr 15
Tundex911:
Something wey TERRIOST go still collat from them...

Failed Nation

Na to just pay ransom na
Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by stano2(m): 5:57am On Apr 15
Few people cashing out big from insecurity

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by DryMouth: 5:59am On Apr 15
Idiotic US dey collabo with our govt to feed poor Nigerians with lies.

They will give us 1840 helicopters and say its latest.

Why not give us Stealth attack war planes and other advanced air attack helicopters

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by KingOfAllIgbos: 6:02am On Apr 15
angry
Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by VeeVeeMyLuv(m): 6:02am On Apr 15
Aufbauh:
Nigeria security situation has become increasingly worrisome due majorly to the complicity of the locals.

I'm a firm believer of the view that affirmed that Security is a collective responsibility of all.

So long as people who are supposed to watch out their locality are in collusion with the aggressors there's little the security agents can do even with sophisticated ammunitions.



Oga u should be much more worried that some of the high ranking leaders/politicians & high ranking security personnel are neck deeply involved in and are major architects of this large-scale mega insecurity the country is facing currently.

Remember when Iherijika was clearing them back in the days, someone went to the media to say that the gen is killing their children! shocked

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Tannhauser(m): 6:02am On Apr 15
angry
Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Itohanmiwa: 6:02am On Apr 15
grin
Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by money121(m): 6:03am On Apr 15
Ok
Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by endsarrrs(f): 6:03am On Apr 15
The super Tucanos have suddenly becomes pigoens.

The Nigerian Government enjoyed the rebellion on the Nigeria current state.

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by Stormtrooper11(m): 6:03am On Apr 15
Guyman02:
From the headline you would think it's for free, I would prefer the buy the cheaper and more effective variants from Russia like MI-34 now that Russia has announced it will sell goods at below market price to allies

Nigeria has Mi 35m already. In fact 5 of them are still in Russia and won't be delivered because of American sanctions on Russia.

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by godofuck231: 6:03am On Apr 15
12 outdated 1967 choppers with the most advanced features removed, another tucano deal

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Re: Insecurity: US Approves $1bn Attack Helicopters, Others For Nigeria by sirwhyteB(m): 6:04am On Apr 15
All they want us to do is to keep on fighting and killing ourselves
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