The Presidency has blamed the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, and others for the delay in the delivery of 12 Super Tucano fighter jets from the United States.
How are they to blame for the delay?
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the presidency said comments by “the opponents of the Nigerian government” including the Catholic Bishop of Diocese of Sokoto, Mathew Kukah, caused the delay.
Is that the reason given to them by the US government?
According to the Presidency, the reason given for the delay was “poor interreligious relations between Christianity and Islam in the country”. The presidency, however, added that this was compounded by constant lobbying of US Congress by the government’s opponents, including Kukah. Even the United States is not spared from the blame.
What’s the United States’ fault in this?
The statement on Sunday said that the United States’ policy and support to Nigeria have been so inconsistent over the years, especially in providing military equipment to fight the decade-long insecurity in the country. It also berated the US policy experts and think tanks for their perennial attempts at predicting Nigeria’s collapse, saying that the predictions do not paint a true picture of a country that has enjoyed 23 years of steady democracy.