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Nigeria, Senegal pledge to strengthen defence ties

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The Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya, and the Inspector General of Senegalese Armed Forces, Elhadji Niang, have pledged to strengthen the existing defence ties between both countries.

The pledge was made when the Senegalese military chief visited Army Headquarters on Monday in Abuja.

Earlier, Niang stated that he was in Army Headquarters to pay a condolence visit on the death of the former Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru and ten other officers who died in a plane crash in May.

He described the Nigerian Army as a key factor to the sustenance of peace and development in sub-Sahara Africa and pledged the readiness of the Senegalese armed forces to strengthen cooperation with Nigeria.

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Mr Niang said that the Nigerian army had contributed immensely to sustaining peace in many African countries through peace support operations, adding that the Nigerian army’s achievement in peace-keeping operations had not been properly documented.

He pledged that the Senegalese military would support and synergize with Nigeria in the ongoing fight against insurgency and other security challenges in the country.

According to him, Nigeria and Senegal are facing common issues hence the need to enhance the cooperation.

In his remarks, the COAS said that he was delighted that the Senegalese defense chief had solicited for enhanced defense ties considering the fact that some of the security challenges were trans-border in nature.

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Mr Yahaya said that Nigeria and Senegal shared common security issues as well as cultural backgrounds hence the need to cooperate towards addressing their challenges.

He specifically identified the movement of small arms across the region as a major factor behind the growing security challenges in the sub-region, adding that there was need for the two armed forces to collaborate.

The COAS also suggested that the two countries armed forces could further cooperate on the training of their officers in their various institutions.

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