Major General SY Audu, Chief of Defence Intelligece
(PHOTO CREDIT: DISNIGERIA)
VOICE OF NIGERIA
Posted on February 19, 2013
By Collins Atohengbe
The Chief of Defence Intelligence,Nigerian Armed Forces, Major General
Sanni Audu, has expressed satisfaction
with the level of bilateral military
cooperation between Nigeria and South
Africa. At a reception organized for him by the Nigerian Defence Adviser to South Africa, Commodore Saleh Usman,General Audu said military relations between Abuja and Pretoria contributed to the ousting of the defunct apartheid regime.He said there was constant
complimentary training programme at
common level of defence colleges at
Abuja and Pretoria for officers of their
Major General Audu said Nigeria and
South Africa had enormous responsibilities of ensuring socio-political stability at regional level in West Africa and Southern Africa. He noted that both countries had been doing this quite well. The Chief of Defence Intelligence said it was too early to judge the performance of the African Forces deployed in Mali for peace keeping.
“For us to assess, it is rather too early.
Why I say this is that by December last
year, the initial plan was for troop
contributing countries to prepare their
logistic requirements and be ready to
launch their troops into operation in 90 days but unfortunately, with the dynamism of what was happening there, you will realize that the period
between December and January is even
less than two months. So we ended up
moving in earlier than anticipated. The danger in this is that a few areas really
needed to be beefed up for everybody
to be fully prepared for that operation,” Major General Audu said.
He said Nigeria already had over 350 soldiers on ground in Mali and that more
would be sent to meet the number
pledged while other African nations
worked to meet their quota contribution
Commodore Usman said General Audu was in South Africa in continuation of his duty to inspect facilities available to
enable Nigerian Defence Advisers and
Attaches perform their scheduled duties
at Nigerian missions abroad. The Chief of Defence Intelligence has visited 16 out 26 Nigeria’s Defence Advisers posts at Nigeria’s Diplomatic Missions abroad. He was accompanied on the visit by the
Director of Foreign Liaison at the Defence Headquarters, Brigadier General Olusola Akinfolarin.
Major General Audu has since left South
Africa back to Nigeria.