Buhari regime, Biden administration relationship ‘very cordial’: Envoy
The cooperation between President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime and U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is “very cordial,” says the federal government following the arrival of Super Tucano fighter jets in Nigeria.
Permanent Secretary Gabriel Aduda in New York on Monday stated that the purchase of the fighter jets came with some bilateral agreements.
According to him, the purchase “also came with training.”
Mr Aduda explained, “The transaction goes beyond buying the jets; our engagement with the US is very cordial at this point.
“The state of security cooperation with the US is absolutely cordial. Remember that the security of the region matters a lot, especially for a country like Nigeria.’’
Mr Buhari had placed an order for 12 Tucano jets after extensive discussions with the U.S. government. The Nigerian Air Force on Thursday took delivery of the first batch of the aircraft.
Apart from security challenges, Mr Aduda noted that Nigeria was also dealing with political diplomacy, economic diplomacy and cultural diplomacy.
“The truth of the matter is that there is no country in the world that does not have security challenges. It is the level to which the issues are that made it different,” pointed out. “Even when we are talking about political diplomacy, we are looking at all the issues, seeking the support that we need because it is only a fool that will see his house burning and will be pointing from afar.”
Further making his point, the envoy stated, “It is only a fool that will not do anything or will not seek help to put out the fire.
“The Nigeria Government is doing what it can to partner with relevant nations that have extended hands of fellowship to us so that we can deal with the security challenges.”
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