NEC backs Buhari on purchase of fighter jets

President Buhari, and his deputy, VP, Yemi Osinbajo in audience with APC Governor's Forum led by Rochas Okorocha, Chairman APC Governors Forum at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. 3rd April 2018. Photos: NOVO ISIORO

The National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to purchase $496 million military jets.

Some lawmakers have for Buhari’s impeachment for not seeking National Assembly’s approval before withdrawing $496 million for the purchase of aircraft from the United States.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the NEC meeting, Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru, said it was important for Nigeria to quickly buy the military jets before the U.S government changes its minds on the matter.

He said: “We forget easily. If you recall, we have been battling with approval from America to buy these equipment in 2014. We have been begging America to sell the equipment to us.

“We tried Dubai, they could not allow us. We tried a factory in Brazil it was the same problem. The FG tried, we couldn’t get it. The America still could not sell to Nigeria.

“Then luckily, President Donald Trump said it was okay to buy. So we had to quickly buy before they change their minds.

“Because there is also deadline and this is a state to state transaction, no middleman. We are all concerned about security and they are raising questions on way and manner you protect people. This is an emergency situation.”



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