Published On: Tue, May 13th, 2014

Press Release: Nigeria-US Relations Strategic – CDS

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DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

P M B 309

GARKI – ABUJA

  


DHQ/ABJ/901/32/DDI

 

13 May 2014

NIGERIA-US RELATIONS STRATEGIC – CDS

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh has described the relationship between Nigeria and the United States as mutual and strategic. He stated this while receiving in his office the Commander of United States African Command (US-AFRICOM), Lieutenant General David Rodriguez at the Defence Headquarters on Tuesday.

According to the CDS, the Nigerian military has over time benefitted immensely from the bilateral relationship between the two countries particularly in the area of training and military hardware. He noted that Nigerian Navy for instance has received a number of operational equipment and support, as part of United States support to the Nigerian military in combating oil theft and other maritime threats.

On the activities of terrorists in Nigeria, the CDS welcomed the international support for the counter insurgency operation, stressing that it will complement ongoing efforts by the Nigerian military to find and rescue the missing Chibok girls. He revealed that the Nigerian military is already re-strategising its operational doctrines to match the emerging trend of asymmetrical warfare currently confronting the nation.

Air Chief Marshal Badeh expressed appreciation to the United States on behalf of the Federal Government for responding positively to the call for assistance in the search and rescue of the abducted school girls.

Earlier in his remarks, Gen Rodriguez stated that he was at the Defence Headquarters to discuss modalities in furtherance of US support to  Nigerian Military to put an end to insurgency in the country.

 

CHRIS OLUKOLADE

Major General

Director Defence Information

 

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