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Senegalese Military Chief Visits Nigeria on Bilateral Cooperation

Senegalese Military Chief General Elhadji Daouda Niang in Nigeria
Senegalese Military Chief General Elhadji Daouda Niang in Nigeria

Senegalese Military Chief Visits Nigeria on Bilateral Cooperation

The Minister of Defence Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd) is strengthening Nigeria’s Defence Cooperation with the Armed Forces of Countries participating in the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF towards invigorating the fight against insecurity in the region.

This came to the fore when the Defence Minister granted audience to the 8 – man delegation of the Senegalese Armed Forces led by its Inspector General Maj Gen Daouda Niang who came on a courtesy call on him at the Ship House Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence, Abuja.

Maj Gen Magashi harped on the need to step up bilateral and multilateral Military cooperations through Joint Trainings and retraining of personnel.
He explained further that such a well packaged robust Military training will build the capacities of the prospective benefiaries to change the tide against the adversaries fueling cross boarder criminal activities.

He outlined various opportunities that abound in the Armed Forces Military training Institutions in Nigeria which he assured that they are available for Senegalese candidates to buy into for enhanced combat efficiency.
While sharing his experience as ECOMOG Commander 15 Brigade with the Inspector General of the Senegalese Armed Forces who coincidentally participated in the regional operational combat in Liberia, the Minister indicated the readiness of the Nigerian Armed Forces in giving support towards raising the standard of the Senegalese Armed Forces Staff College when called upon to render such service.

In his remark earlier, the Leader of delegation of the Armed Forces of Senegal, Maj Gen Daouda Niang appreciated whar he described as the big brother role Nigeria is playing in the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.

General Niang therefore sought for enhanced existing Military cooperation with Nigeria in the efforts of the Senegalese Armed Forces to fully professionalise.
He thanked the Minister of Defence for the audience and assured him of continuous cooperation of the Armed Forces of Senegal with the Nigerian Counterpart in the areas deemed necessary bilaterally.
Signed;
Mohammad Abdulkadri Special Assistant to the Minister of Defence on Media and Publicity.
28th June, 2021
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Senegalese Military Chief Seeks Partnership with Nigerian Army

The Inspector General of the Senegalese Armed Forces, Major General Elhadji Daouda Niang has noted the strategic role of the Nigerian Army (NA) in securing sub-Saharan Africa. He made this submission when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya at the Army Headquarters, today 28 June, 2021. General Daouda said he was at the Army Headquarters to strengthen the cordial relationship between the NA and Senegalese Army.

While congratulating the COAS on his appointment, the Inspector General of the |Senegalese Armed Forces also used the opportunity to condole with the NA and government of Nigeria over the demise of the Late COAS, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died alongside ten other personnel in the air mishap of 21 May, 2021.

He said the NA holds a strategic position in the security architecture of Africa and the West Africa sub region, having contributed immensely in sustaining peace in many African countries which has translated to sustainable development of the continent.

General Niang noted that Senegal and Nigeria have common security challenges, that require enhanced cooperation between the Armed Forces of both countries. He assured NA of support and synergy in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgents and other security challenges facing the Sub-Saharan region.

Responding, the COAS, Major General Faruk Yahaya expressed appreciation to the Inspector General of the Senegalese Armed Forces for the visit. He further stated that it is heartwarming and a morale booster to the NA, noting that the visit will further strengthen the existing cordial relationship. He added that the collaboration will foster effective policing of the international borders towards checkmating the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

General Yahaya said both countries shared similar challenges, noting that the collaboration of the Armies of both countries will promote stability in the region. He called for
improved cooperation in the areas of training of personnel through exchange programmes.

ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations
28 June 2021

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