Nokai Origin, Abuja.
The British Government and Defence Council has promised to support the Nigerian Army (NA) by providing necessary logistics to help prosecute the counter-insurgency war in the North-East and other security challenges in the country.
The Defence Adviser of the United Kingdom (UK) to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Warwick, made the promise when the delegation of the British High Commissioner to Nigeria payed a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
The adviser pointed out that the Nigeria-British relationship was a mutually-beneficial relationship built on a strong foundation, over the years while acknowledging the fact that the two countries have profound historical links and economic ties.
“Our mission basically is to have serious discussions with the Chief’ of Army Staff and other parts of the government to see how we can to see how we can build relationships moving forward, to see how we can help Nigeria meet some of the challenges. So this mission is to build on already existing strong relationship” said the leader of the Deligation.
Responding, Lieutenant Buratai, appreciated the continuous military assistance and aid programmes provided by the British government and the Defence Council while pledging to continue nurturing Nigerian Army’s mutual partnership with the British Army.
“The military support we have been receiving is very very useful, as you know we are faced with myriads of security challenges, especially the North East challenge with Boko Haram terrorist, your support has been quite invaluable, and this is the time we will require all international support available” said the Nigerian Army Chief,” he said.
General Buratai further stated that international support has been instrumental in the war against insurgency while acknowledging the long standing and historical relationship between Nigeria and the United Kingdom Government.