The British government has reaffirmed its commitment through logistic support and capacity building assistance to Nigeria to enable her to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents who have ravaged the North-Eastern part of the country over the last six years.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar.
It said that the British Deputy Chief of Defence Staff on Military Strategy and Operations, Lt. Gen. Gordon Messenger, gave the assurance, while on a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj. Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin.
The statement said Olonisakin’s British counterpart said the essence of his visit was to “broaden the deep relationship and re-energise bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Britain.’’
It added that Messenger promised to make further efforts to identify other key areas of need by the Nigerian Armed Forces with a view to taking appropriate actions.
It said that the CDS, in his response, thanked Britain for its concerns about insurgency in Nigeria and briefed Messenger about the new military command’s strategies aimed at wiping out the insurgents and their cells as soon as possible.
Olonisakin, the statement added, promised to justify the international community’s confidence and attributed the anti-insurgency successes recorded recently to the various measures adopted, as well as Nigeria’s renewed determination to annihilate the terrorists’ scourge.