Commander of United States Air Forces in Europe and Africa, General Jeffrey Harrigian, says the induction of A-29 Super Tucanos aircrafts acquired by the Nigerian government would boost the country’s fight against terrorism.
General Harrigian said the acquisition of the aircraft brought in many capabilities that would aid the Nigerian military in stomping ISWAP insurgents and terrorists in the Northwest where increasing attacks have become worrisome.
The Nigerian Air Force had earlier fixed today, Tuesday, for the induction of the first batch of 6 aircraft but was later silent whether the event would hold as scheduled.
But reports from the U.S Department of Defence indicate the event was held but without fanfare.
The ability of the Nigeria military to contend and defeat the insurgents have recently been tested in different ways.
On the 18th of July, a Nigeria Airforce fighter jet was shut down by bandits at the border of Kaduna and Zamfara state.
The Pilots successfully ejected from the plane and escaped.
Niger, Kaduna, Plateau and Zamfara states have recorded rising spate of attacks and kidnappings by bandits.
Each of this incident, even in areas reportedly close to military base, deepen the concerns on how capable are the forces to confront the hydra-headed monster of terrorism.