Nigeria seeks South Africa’s military assistance to speed up Boko Haram’s defeat

Posted by News Express | 8 March 2016 | 2,461 times

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Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, on Monday solicited more cooperation from South Africa in defence-related matters.

Speaking while receiving the Chief of South African National Defence Force, General Zakaria Shoke, who visited him in his office in Abuja, General Olonisakin also requested for training of more Special Forces and other equipment that could be used in the operations against Boko Haram, which he said has been substantially decimated and degraded. He said the war against terror is closing up and would soon end.

Speaking earlier, General Shoke re-affirmed his country’s willingness to work with Nigerian Armed Forces to the benefit of the two countries.

The Chief of South African National Defence Force promised to support Nigeria in its quest to end Boko Haram in the country. General Shoke further maintained his Armed Forces commitment to the development of the Nigerian military in the area of capacity building, exchange programme and logistics support, among others. He said Nigeria is very important to South Africa, hence the need to working together for the benefit of both countries, especially now when Nigeria is fighting Boko Haram.

The occasion also witnessed briefing from the three Services of the Nigerian Armed Forces who stated the need for logistics and training support to further terminate the war against Boko Haram soon.

•Photo shows General Olonisakin.

 


Source: News Express

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