Nigeria renews partnership with US against Boko Haram militants
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Feb 18, Abuja: Nigerian Army has renewed its bilateral relationship with the United States of America (USA) with a view to professionalize the country's security forces.
Nigeria said the relationship has led to several joint initiatives one of which is the commitment of the US and her military to assist Nigeria in professionalising its security forces.Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin while declaring the special training package of 145 Battalion open held in Jaji Kaduna State North West, said bilateral relationship between USA and Nigeria has existed since Nigeria's independence in 1960.The partnership he said has continue to improve in many important areas one of which is in the security realm.
"The training which is being inaugurated is one of the series of of military cooperation and initiative for the mutual benefits of our country.
"the provision of appropriate equipment will enable this battalion to be highly effective fighting force as this is the desire of the leadership of both the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the Nigerian government.
He assured of President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment at ensuring that Nigerian Armed Forces is adequately equipped to enable it perform it's constitutional role of protecting the territorial integrity of the country.
The Chief of Defence staff said the training and the support that the Armed Forces of Nigeria will be getting from the US which is the country's strategic partnership will be put to use with the provision of requisite equipment for which the support of American partners is continually solicited.
Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratia explained that the security challenges confronted by Nigerian Army are remarkably different from the past ones, saying such challenges require dynamic leadership from junior leaders to overcome.
He implored the benificiaries of the training to work hard towards achieving the goals of the training.
"I am confident that the US training team with the support of the commandant and instructors of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI) are prepared to give you the highest quality of instruction," he said.
"The renewed onslaught against the terrorist group by our compiled forces of NA and NAF in the past months has seriously degraded their capabilities.
He added that Nigerian Army remain committed towards strict observance of human right and International Humanitarian Laws through educating its troops via the Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct Manuals produced for each operation.United States of American (USA) Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwhistle said Nigerian Military cannot solve the problem of terrorism.
He however called on the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Government to find a way of addressing the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) saying "only then can insecurity be addressed."He further reassured the continued support of the government of the USA in tackling insurgency in the country.
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