The Nigerian government has announced that it has received the final batch of the 12 A29 Super Tucano fighter jets that were expected from the United States.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the announcement while appearing on a phone-in television programme and they had been deployed to the northeast.
“We can clearly see that the Tucano jets are a game-changer.”
“Most of the recent successes we’ve had are due to the acquisition of new platforms, not just the super Tucano,” he said.
With the military’s recent notable successes in combating insecurity, the minister was amused by a story on Monday that the Nigerian Air Force paid N20 million to bribe bandits so that they would not bring down the president’s aircraft.
“Fortunately, the Air Force quickly debunked this, exposing their ignorance.”
“There are approximately 150 bandit camps between Zamfara, Katsina, and parts of Kaduna and Niger states.”
So, to whom was the money given?
“It makes no sense, and it’s because they don’t understand how bandits work that they can peddle that kind of fake news,” he said
Mohammed stated that the nation’s food security would improve as the security situation in the North-East and North-Central Zones improved.
“This is due to the military’s superior firepower, which is now allowing people to return to their farms, particularly in the North East.” They were able to keep the criminals at bay,” he said.
The minister assured that the military’s success in combating terrorists and bandits would be maintained.
As a result, he sought Nigerians’ cooperation and support in order to sustain the military action.
On July 22 the Nigerian Air Force received the first batch of six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States.
The aircraft arrived in Kano, according to Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations and Information at NAF Headquarters.