Buhari Explains Why Nigeria Can’t Yet Defeat Boko Haram; Says Airforce Almost Nonexistent

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief

President Muhammadu Buhari has painted a worrisome picture of the on-going war against Boko Haram , saying that there was not enough fire power to support ground troops to decimate the terrorists.

He spoke on Good Morning Nigeria, a programme of the Nigerian Television Authority, Monday, in Abuja.

He made the comment while failing to answer repeated questions on whether or not he was able to secure  a commitment from the US to sell critical equipment to defeat the terrorists.

His words: ” The US has high technology, and of course the other developed countries like China.

“Our case is lack of capacity and effective Airforce.

“The Airforce is virtually non – existent.  The fixed wings aircraft are not very serviceable.  The helicopters are not serviceable and they are too few.

“We need Airforce to conduct reconnaissance and support the ground troops.

“The arrangement made by the former government will soon expire.

“We have made this clear to the Americans and we have made it clear to G7 and we need their cooperation. ”

President Buhari also vowed to retrieve proceeds of crude oil stolen by corrupt Nigerian leaders.


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