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Monday 23 April 2018

Biafra: Dialogue with IPOB, US Govt. tells Nigeria

•Stalls delivery of A-29 counter-insurgency aircraft till 2020

By Chikwas Onu Ikpe | Biafra Writers

April 23, 2018

In the build-up to President Muhammadu Buhari's anticipated visit to the White House on April 30, 2018, a Senior United States executive official has revealed, in anonymity, the preface of the proposed visit of the Nigerian president to the White House.

The US executive official emphatically stressed, among other issues, the agenda regarding the matter of contention between the Nigerian government and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

More so, he professed that the US government would galvanize credible diplomacy between the Federal government of Nigeria and the Indigenous People of Biafra. He also gave a nod to a dialogic approach as the only viable solution to the tactical situation confronting Nigeria.

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In his words: “On IPOB, we see that there is an aggrieved population that would want to have its views heard and we will encourage that there should be dialogue.

“We always encourage dialogue as we did with NDA (Niger Delta Avengers), PANDEF. We didn’t tell the vice-president to visit the Niger Delta, but we were happy that he did it and it worked, we are not colonialists but facilitators.”

Recall that the US State Department had approved a sale of foreign military weaponries, worth $593 million, despite concerns from the Obama-led administration over the Nigerian government bombing civilians through that avenue.
Nevertheless, President Muhammadu Buhari lays claims to "foil" Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East of Nigeria, courtesy of the prospective ammunitions. The package includes Super A29 Tucano aircraft, spare parts, training, and facilities to support the deal.

Thereupon, the US official pointed out that upon receipt of payment by Nigeria, the aircraft are yet to be manufactured, adding that "they are being built in Florida and would take at least two years to manufacture.

"The planes have not been fully built, and we are looking at delivery at or about 2020 as you don’t just pick them up because they have to be manufactured according to specifications.”

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