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Published On: Tue, May 13th, 2014

Nigeria-US relations strategic- CDS

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By Joy Baba

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh has described the relationship between Nigeria and the United States as mutual and strategic.

He stated this while receiving in his office the Commander of United States African Command (US-AFRICOM), Lieutenant General David Rodriguez at the Defence Headquarters on Tuesday.

A statement signed by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade quoted the CDS saying the Nigerian military has over time benefitted immensely from the bilateral relationship between the two countries particularly in the area of training and military hardware. He noted that Nigerian Navy for instance has received a number of operational equipment and support, as part of United States support to the Nigerian military in combating oil theft and other maritime threats.

On the activities of terrorists in Nigeria, the CDS welcomed the international support for the counter insurgency operation, stressing that it will complement ongoing efforts by the Nigerian military to find and rescue the missing Chibok girls.

The statement further said Badeh revealed that the Nigerian military is already re-strategising its operational doctrines to match the emerging trend of asymmetrical warfare currently confronting the nation.

The Air Chief expressed appreciation to the United States on behalf of the Federal Government for responding positively to the call for assistance in the search and rescue of the abducted school girls.

Earlier in his remarks, Gen Rodriguez stated that he was at the Defence Headquarters to discuss modalities in furtherance of US support to Nigerian Military to put an end to insurgency in the country.

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