EU, Nigerian Army To Collaborate On Security
The European Union (EU) has promised to collaborate with the Nigerian Army to tackle the insecurity bedeviling the country.
The EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, made the pledge in Abuja on Saturday when he led members of his team on a visit to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai at the Army Headquarters Abuja.
According to the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, the EU Ambassador praised the Nigerian Army under the leadership of Lieutenant General Buratai for an excellent job in ensuring security in the country.
He indicated interest of his organization to partner with the Nigerian Army in the provision of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets to combat Boko Haram terrorists and other criminal gangs.
The ambassador also sought clarifications on farmers/herders clashes, the Nigerian Army’s role in elections and security in the Niger Delta.
Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff expressed the readiness of the Nigerian Army to partner and collaborate with the EU in order to totally defeat the Boko Haram insurgency.
He highlighted challenges faced by the Nigerian Army in combating Isolated Improvised Explosive Devices ‘attacks on troops and civilians by the insurgents. He thereafter, urged the EU to assist the Nigerian Army with demining platforms.
The Nigerian Army Chief said that the Nigerian Government is addressing the farmers/herders clashes as well as other forms of security challenges in the country in order to create a peaceful atmosphere for socio-economic activities including elections.
He added that the role of the Nigerian Army is to provide security during elections, but not to interfere in the process.
He stated that some suspected Boko Haram terrorists have gone through de-radicalization programmes and are now being engaged on vocational training in Gombe State.
Buratai pointed out that the Federal Government is totally committed to the de-radicalization process to keep repentant insurgents busy.
Present during the visit were some principal staff officers of the Army Headquarters.