The Case against Trump Selling Planes to Nigeria for War with Boko Haram

The Case against Trump Selling Planes to Nigeria for War with Boko Haram

For a cool $600 million, Nigeria may become the proud owner of 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos, light attack aircrafts equipped with “wing-mounted machine guns, weapons integration with advanced surveillance… precision-guided bombs, and even air-to-air missiles.” Nigeria has been trying to acquire the aircraft since 2015; last year the sale nearly went through under the Obama Administration, until the accidental bombing of a displaced persons camp by the Nigerian Air Force resurfaced concerns about Nigeria’s human rights record and the agreement fell through. The Trump Administration, however, does not seem to share the previous administration’s concerns—and has the congressional support necessary

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