Nigeria may intervene in terrorism war in Mali - Trends and Politics


Monday, 10 July 2017

Nigeria may intervene in terrorism war in Mali

The Federal Government has been asked to immediately intervene in the terrorists problem in Mali with a view to decimating it. 
The request was made by the Malian  Army, which conveyed the message to Nigeria through the Nigerian Army, Monday, saying the country was in dire need of support and cooperation of its Nigerian counterpart in the training of its personnel, particularly in the areas of armour and artillery.
Col.Maj. Abdrahamane Baby, Malian Army Chief of Staff, spoke during a courtesy visit  to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai. 
Baby said the visit was to seek the cooperation of Nigerian army in that regard, as both countries were facing insurgency and terrorism.
According to him, “The aim of this visit is to explore further cooperation between the Nigerian Army and Malian Army.

We are facing transnational threat of terrorism and we believe we need to get closer to see what we can learn from each other.
"That was why Malian army personnel were sent to Nigeria for training “so as to garner experiences in the areas of armour and artillery.”
He said the armies of both countries needed to share experiences and knowledge “as we both fight terrorism.’’
In his response, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Buratai assured his counterpart that the Malian personnel would be given slots in armour and artillery training schools in Nigeria.
He also assured that the Nigerian Army would cooperate with Malian Army in all aspects as both countries tackle similar security challenges.

Buratai added that terrorists in both countries adopted same method of attacks, hitting soft targets and government installations, adding that Nigerian Army was ready to collaborate with Malian Army in checking attacks.

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