Kukah, opposition influenced delayed delivery of Super Tucano jets – Presidency

The Presidency has once again, accused the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, for what it tags negative portrayals of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

In a statement yesterday, it claimed that Kukah and the opposition had influenced the delayed delivery of 12 Super Tucano jets to Nigeria by the United States.

The statement titled “Predicting Nigeria’s collapse is a perennial pursuit of US think tanks and policy experts,” was released by the Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

He did not specifically mention the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the opposition which he said was defeated in 2015 by Buhari.

Shehu argued that the war against terrorism would have recorded a huge success if the US authorities were not negatively influenced then by Kukah and the opposition.

He also said that the past roles of Kukah and opposition lobbyists made the US and its Congress view Christian-Muslim relations in Nigeria as chaotic.

The spokesman explained that the narratives sold to the US Congress were inaccurate.

He recalled how the request by the Federal Government for the purchase of military hardware from the US was approved and later withdrawn on the excuse of religious conflicts.

Shehu expressed happiness that the delivery of the jets in batches by a “favorable” US administration, had led to the killing of terrorist leaders and many of their followers.



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