Egypt And Nigeria Form New Military Pact
By Iwedi Ojinmah 1 month ago
The FGN is determined to strengthen military cooperation between Nigeria and Egypt.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Nigeria, Amb. Assem Hanafi shared this new objective in Abuja when the Araba ambassador came calling. (below)
Earlier, Hanafi disclosed that the purpose of his visit was to explore ways to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, especially in the military field.
The countries have always had a close military relationship starting from when the British set up the West Africa Frontier Force and imported troops from Egypt and |Indian and Kenya to serve as mentors.
The during the Biafran war Egypt helped keep the Nigerian Airforce airborne under the leadership of Air Commodore Ali Baghdady (below) till the arrival of the RussiansRelated: Planned Attack On National Assembly Unearthed, Senate President Ahmad Lawan Raises The Alarm
In fact, Ali Baghdady remains the only foreigner listed as one of the most influential commanders on the Federal side during the war.
I any case, Buratai added that both countries had been enjoying reciprocal training programmes for their military officers.
“We have our officers training at the Egyptian Defence College, and this includes other courses at both tactical as well as aviation and air capacity training; which we have done some times in the 90s.
“We also have had a lot of military medical relationship. We have our officers being evacuated and some of them are there and they have received the best medical treatment.
“We really appreciate this and we know that Egypt has the most powerful military in Africa. We have a lot to learn from you,”
He added that synergy between the two countries would contain the emerging threats of terrorism and extremism in the Sahel region.
“The collaboration can be very helpful, whereby, as of 2016, the centre that was countering terrorism and extremism was established in Egypt when the conference was held there.
“This is quite encouraging because Egypt is strategic and it is leading the counter-terrorism operations within the Sahel region,”.