Saraki Remains Unstoppable, Makes Major Move, Holds All-Night Marathon Meeting With Donald Trump’s Men

By Post Nigeria April 13, 2017 15:34

Saraki Remains Unstoppable, Makes Major Move, Holds All-Night Marathon Meeting With Donald Trump’s Men

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday night, held a closed door marathon meeting with Donald Trump’s delegates, and the United States, US, Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington.

The meeting came ahead of the plans to by the United States, to sell high-tech aircraft to Nigeria, for the nation’s campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists .

A source at the end of the meeting, disclosed that the discussions were not outside the planned sale of these aircraft to Nigeria, to help fight Boko Haram insurgency.

According to the source, the visit was aimed at getting the side of the Senate, to know whether the National Assembly would support the plans by the US government against the backdrop that before the contract scales through, the Senate must approve it.

The source said that the visit was also aimed at briefing the Senate on the shape and form of forwarding the aircraft to Nigeria, and what must have made the US government to take such a decision. There was however, no official briefing, as no one was allowed into the meeting that was strictly between Saraki and Symington.

Recall, that the Trump administration may have concluded plans to move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria, for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists, despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation’s security forces.

According to the report, Congress is expected to receive formal notification within weeks, setting in motion a deal with Nigeria, that the Obama administration had planned to approve at the very end of Barack Obama’s Presidency.

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The arrangement will call for Nigeria to purchase up to 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, with sophisticated targeting gear for nearly $600 million. The officials were not authorized to discuss the terms of the sale publicly, and requested anonymity to speak about internal diplomatic conversations.

Though, President Donald Trump has made clear his intention to approve the sale of the aircraft, the National Security Council is still working on the issue.

Military sales to several other countries are also expected to be approved, but are caught up in an ongoing White House review.

Nigeria has been trying to buy the aircraft since 2015.