There are strong indications that the United States has prevented the government of Nigeria from buying a fighter ground attack aircraft to aid the ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
Sources close to the polity have squealed that the US prevented the Nigerian military from acquiring the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft from Brazil.
The Punch quoted a top source in the Presidency as saying that Nigeria had sealed a deal with the South American nation on the acquisition of the light attack aircraft when the US – which produced the aircraft – prevented the deal.
The proscription may have dimmed insinuations that the US was relaxing the arms embargo on Nigeria.
US Congressman Darrel Isah had said shortly after a meeting with service chiefs and defence authorities in the country in August 2015 that the US had commenced the process of relaxing the embargo on military assistance to the country under the Leahy Law.
The Leahy Law prohibits the US defence sector from providing military assistance to countries involved in rights violations.