February 3, 2013
BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI
The United Kingdom (UK) said, Sunday,
that following the shift of terrorists
havens from Afghanistan and Iran to
the Maghreb region and now Mali, it
would devote more resources to providing more training opportunities and logistics assistance to the Nigerian armed forces to help contain terrorism in the West African subregion.
Chief of the Defence Staff of the United Kingdom, General David Richards, who made the disclosure when he paid a visit to his Nigerian counterpart, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, noted: “In view of the war against terrorism worldwide, Mali was the immediate imperative. It is important we resolve this threat of Mali especially for the sake of the African continent and the well-being of Nigeria . In doing this, I must say transparency should be a key factor”.
Describing the relationship between
Nigeria and Britain as historical and
emotional, Richards said he was in
the country to meet with his counterpart to discuss and identify areas of strength on the part of the Nigerian armed forces and that of Britain so that areas of support particularly regarding the Mali challenge can be agreed on.
In his remarks, Ibrahim commended the CDS of Britain for his interest and
expected support of Britain for Nigeria
over the crucial and expected role it is
to play in tackling the evolving events
in Mali . “Your prompt decision to come and identify with us over the troublesome situation in Mali, which is a cause for concern to nations in the sub-region, is appreciated and, together, the
challenge would be surmounted,” the Nigerian CDS said. “At the local level, we have our challenges but we cannot afford to look the other way when a brother African country is being consumed. So, in spite of our challenges, we have to show our support. Your coming demonstrates your level of
understanding of the challenge our
armed forces will face.