27 July, 2013
Nigeria and Brazil have held bilateral discussions on defence matters, as the
federal government intensifies efforts at tackling insurgency in the country. Specifically, both countries are to cooperate in the areas of transfer of military technology and the training
of Nigerian soldiers on how to tackle emerging challenges of terrorism and
These and others were the fallout of a three-day meeting in Brazil between
the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru, and his Brazilian counterpart, Mr. Antonio De Aguierpatriota.
A statement from the Foreign Affairs ministry reads: “On the invitation of the Foreign Minister of Brazil, Mr. Antonio De Aguierpatriota, Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru
visited Brazil from July 14 –16, 2013. The visit was aimed at moving the bilateral
relations between Nigeria and Brazil forward.
“During the visit, Amb. Ashiru held
discussions with officials of the Ministry of Defence, to foster cooperation in
defence matters, particularly transfer of military technology, as well as training of Nigerian military personnel.Consequently, an invitation has been extended to our Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada, to visit
Brazil for further discussions on this matter.”