Thu, 28 Feb 2013 02:52:28 GMT

Indian, Nigerian armies to co-operate on counter-terrorism



Abuja, Feb 27 (PTI) Armies of India and Nigeria would co-operate with each other in the areas of training of cadets and counter-terrorism, as the oil-rich African nation is struggling to overcome insurgency in its northern region.

Nigerian Army chief Lt-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika told visiting Vice-Chief of Indian Army Staff Lt Gen Krishna Singh that the collaboration would bring to fruition the decisions reached by both countries'' armies to collaborate, particularly in the area of training.

"The two countries have alwIndian, Nigerian armies to co-operate on counter-terrorism
Abuja, Feb 27 (PTI) Armies of India and Nigeria would co-operate with each other in the areas of training of cadets and counter-terrorism, as the oil-rich African nation is struggling to overcome insurgency in its northern region.

Nigerian Army chief Lt-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika told visiting Vice-Chief of Indian Army Staff Lt Gen Krishna Singh that the collaboration would bring to fruition the decisions reached by both countries'' armies to collaborate, particularly in the area of training.

"The two countries have always had excellent bilateral relations. The relation became stronger after the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement in Portugal in 2007," Singh said while paying a courtesy visit to Ihejurika at the Nigerian Army Headquarters here.

At present, Nigeria is struggling to overcome insurgency in the north. An Islamic group, Boko Haram has killed thousands of people since 2009 through shootings, suicide attacks and bombings.

"I have interacted with the Chief of Army Staff and we have agreed to extend this cooperation to other areas which include; training of cadets, senior and junior, exchange of statutory members, and cooperation in the field of sports among others" Singh added.

"This cooperation is for the benefits of the people and the Army of both countries," he added.

Ihejirika said the Nigeria army was inspired by the visit and that actions would be taken to harmonise decisions reached in the area of cooperation.

"We are inspired by the visit of Indian''s Vice Chief of Army Staff. We had an interactive session this morning and I have found our discussion very rewarding", he said.

"A number of actions would be taken to bring in to fusion the decisions made particularly in the areas of training exercise and other areas of cooperation," he assured.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of planks by Nigeria''s Vice Chief of Army Staff to the members of his entourage, while India''s Vice Chief of Army Staff also presented a plank to Nigeria''s Chief of Army Staff. ays had excellent bilateral relations. The relation became stronger after the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement in Portugal in 2007," Singh said while paying a courtesy visit to Ihejurika at the Nigerian Army Headquarters here.

At present, Nigeria is struggling to overcome insurgency in the north. An Islamic group, Boko Haram has killed thousands of people since 2009 through shootings, suicide attacks and bombings.

"I have interacted with the Chief of Army Staff and we have agreed to extend this cooperation to other areas which include; training of cadets, senior and junior, exchange of statutory members, and cooperation in the field of sports among others" Singh added.

"This cooperation is for the benefits of the people and the Army of both countries," he added.

Ihejirika said the Nigeria army was inspired by the visit and that actions would be taken to harmonise decisions reached in the area of cooperation.

"We are inspired by the visit of Indian''s Vice Chief of Army Staff. We had an interactive session this morning and I have found our discussion very rewarding", he said.

"A number of actions would be taken to bring in to fusion the decisions made particularly in the areas of training exercise and other areas of cooperation," he assured.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of planks by Nigeria''s Vice Chief of Army Staff to the members of his entourage, while India''s Vice Chief of Army Staff also presented a plank to Nigeria''s Chief of Army Staff.

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