The Minister of Defence Maj.-Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd) has reiterated the need step up bilateral and multilateral military cooperations between Nigeria and Senegal through Joint Trainings and retraining of personnel.
He said strengthening Nigeria’s Defence cooperation with the Armed Forces of countries participating in the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) would invigorate the fight against insecurity in the region.
According to a statement by Special Assistant to the Minister on Media and Publicity Mohammad Abdulkadri on Monday, the minister stated this when he granted audience to the 8 – man delegation of the Senegalese Armed Forces led by its Inspector General Maj-Gen. Daouda Niang who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
He explained further that such a well packaged robust military training will build the capacities of the prospective benefiaries to change the tide against the adversaries fueling cross boarder criminal activities.
He outlined various opportunities that abound in the Armed Forces Military training Institutions in Nigeria which he assured that they are available for Senegalese candidates to buy into for enhanced combat efficiency.
Speaking earlier, Maj.-Gen. Niang appreciated what he described as the big brother role Nigeria is playing in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
General Niang therefore, sought for enhanced existing Military cooperation with Nigeria in the efforts of the Senegalese Armed Forces to fully professionalise.
He thanked the Minister of Defence for the audience and assured him of continuous cooperation of the Armed Forces of Senegal with the Nigerian counterpart in the areas deemed necessary bilaterally.