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Nigerian army receives two new helicopters to tackle insecurity

Nigerian army receives two new helicopters to tackle insecurity

Nigeria’s army has taken delivery of two “Huey” helicopters that it hopes will strengthen its ability to provide air cover for troops battling insecurity across the country.

Army spokesperson Major-General Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement on Friday that it received the first batch of two Bell UH-1H “Huey” helicopters, each equipped with advanced sensors to conduct various missions including reconnaissance, rescue and medical evacuations.

The delivery marks the start of the Nigerian Army aviation wing that will provide air support for ground operations, Nwachukwu said.

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Nigeria has ramped up military spending in recent years as it struggles to contain attacks and kidnappings in its northwest, a 15-year insurgency in the northeast and sectarian clashes in the central region.

In 2021, Nigeria received 12 American-made A-29 Super Tucano light attack planes to fight insurgents.

It currently has pending deliveries for 24 M-346 attack aircraft, 12 Agusta 109 Trekker multi-role helicopters and Chinese-made Wing Loong II drones.

Experts attributes the primary reason for insecurity in Nigeria to negligence on the part of both the government and its citizens.

The government, as outlined in the 1999 Constitution, bears the responsibility of defending the nation against internal and external threats.

However, to effectively address insecurity, there must be a concerted effort to prioritize indigenous education and uplift socio-cultural standards.

By investing in education that respects and celebrates Nigeria’s diverse cultures while promoting critical thinking and civic responsibility, the nation can transition from a state of insecurity to one of stability and progress.


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