The Federal Government has paid the United States government $496 million for the acquisition of 12 Super Tucano fighter jets.
Nigerian Defence Minister Mansur Dan-Ali disclosed this, adding that the fighter jets will be used by the Nigerian Air Force in the on-going military operations against the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east.
Dan Ali who was speaking at a town hall meeting held for the military and security agencies in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital noted that the US Government would be delivering the bomber jets soon.
“The US President himself commended Nigerian Army when they met in Saudi Arabia recently,” Dan Ali said.
However, the US government gave stringent conditions to Nigeria before it could deliver the jets.
One of it was that no Nigerian military personnel would be included in the manufacturing of the jets.
“Gone are the days when our soldiers dropped their rifles and started running from the war front. Our gallant troops have successfully degraded the Boko Haram insurgents,’ Dan Ali said.
The Defence Minister also stated that the Boko Haram insurgency had been deflated and that no single territory of the North East is under the terrorist.