The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has appealed to the Congress of the United States of America not to approve the sale of the Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano (also called A-29) attack aircraft to the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The group said the Nigerian government would deploy the plane to attack innocent Nigerians through aerial bombardment if it was sold to them
But IPOB in a press release signed by its spokespersons; Barrister Emma Nmezuand Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya said: “the aircraft will be used for aerial bombardment and mass-murder of Biafrans.
“Apart from the genocidal intents of the Nigerian government as the overarching reason for the procurement of the attack aircraft, the IPOB is appealing to the US Congress to deny approval of the sale of these attack aircraft because of three reasons, namely; Mis-use of Technical capabilities, Legal (violation of Leahy Law), and Commercial (procurement fraud).”
The group said the Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano (A-29) is a turboprop light attack aircraft which is designed to operate in extremely rugged terrain with aerial reconnaissance missions capability especially in low-threat environments.
It further stated that within three weeks of becoming the president of Nigeria on May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari bombed Biafraland using a low-precision and less sophisticated attack aircraft with bombs that have Napalm as the warheads.
“In that genocidal act which occurred from June 17 to June 19, 2015, scores of Biafrans were roasted while others had their bodies mangled by the torrents of these bombs with Napalm warheads.
“With the A-29, there is no doubt that this government will wipe out the entire people of Biafra with ease in a matter of a few sorties. We wish to remind the US Congress that Nigeria is not among the “Fast Track” countries but a country indicted continually on human rights abuses,” the group said.
I wont be surprised if the americans buy this logic…this is becoming tricky.
The excesses of this government in dealing with IPOB in SE and even the recent events of resume or resign protesters supports the tendency of using arms on unarmed citizens.On the other hand if the Tucano aircrafts can help” RE win” the war,,,then we should go for them.
But let me ask are we saying now that the BH war has become a full scale war with the equivalent of nations fighting nations ?because i hear of anti aircraft guns been found in BH camps on a regular basis. The planes maybe partially delayed by this opposition…but henceforth the government should do us the favour of stopping all these lies. The cost of official dishonesty is getting too high. We were supposed to have drones…which should actually do the job of effective aerial coverage making these planes necessary for other wars only.That side is blank.We are supposed to be fighting for the mind of the would be recruits…unfortunately its BH that is attacking the psyche and winning more converts. We are supposed to block supply lines ..we just cant seem to do that.We are supposed to have counter propaganda on the streets….agents in their cells…i dont see the signs that we have these….i know one or two of our satellites got missing in space…that does not mean we can use that of other nations
I am tempted to think that the armed forces/ other defense functions are incompetent in this war. This is a very uncomfortable position am seeing now
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has appealed to the Congress of the United States of America not to approve the…