President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday noted that Nigeria enjoyed good working relationship with President Donald Trump’s administration.
The presidential aide, however, stated that the Buhari-led government is looking forward to a better relationship with the US President-elect, Joe Biden.
Shehu stated this while speaking in Channels TV, Sunday Politics.
Recall that Buhari on Saturday congratulated the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party over his victory at the election.
Shehu in his statement noted that prior to the emergence of Buhari in 2015, the US government then had closed access to American assistance but access was granted due to the relationship of Buhari with the US.
Shehu said, “Nigeria and the United States have enjoyed very good relationship and it was even more so under President Trump who just lost the election.”
“If you recall very well, this country had procured weapons to fight terrorism and internal security from United States and various world capitals. For some reasons before President Buhari came to office, the United States government and several other nations of the world stopped the sale of weapons to Nigeria.”
“To the credit of Mr Trump, he agreed. In fact, he called President Buhari at a short notice and said, Mr Buhari, you want to buy a dozen Super Tucano (these are aircraft most suitable for fighting terrorism like the one we face in the North-East). I give you two months, this is how much you will pay, we will give you. It’s a big relief to us. We will soon start receiving some of the aircraft hopefully next year.”
“So, we have had good relationship with Mr Trump but our hope is that this relationship will even be better with President Biden.”
The presidency said the coronavirus pandemic affected the production of the aircraft but said some of 12 A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft would be delivered in 2021.