By Victor Akaa, Abuja
Nigerian Army (NA) and Senegalese Armed Forces have pledged to strengthen the existing cooperation between Nigeria and Senegal towards enhancing stability in the Sub Sahara Africa.
The Inspector General of Senegalese Armed Forces (IGSAF), Major General Elhadji Daouda Niang gave the commitment when he visited the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya, on Monday in Abuja.
Delivering his remarks, Major General Niang acknowledged the Nigerian Army’s immense contributions in the sustenance of peace in many African countries through peace support operations.
He said both countries were facing some common and similar issues hence the need to improve the cooperation to deal with those challenges
He noted the long standing relationship between both countries and sought for its sustenance for their mutual benefits.
Major General Niang also assured the commitment of the Senegalese Armed Forces towards supporting the NA in its ongoing fight against Boko Haram Insurgents and other security challenges that are ravaging the Chad Basin Region.
He described the NA as a critical stakeholder in peace keeping, development and stability of Africa and employed her to sustain.
Niang also congratulated Gen Yahaya on his appointment as the .22nd COAS by President Mohammadu Buhari and condoled with the NA and the government of Nigeria on the demise of the Late COAS, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru who died along side with others in the air mishap in Kaduna.
Responding, the COAS thanked the Senegalese Army Chief for the visit saying it was heartwarming and a morale booster to the NA .
He said the visit would further strengthen the already existing cordial relationship and support in the fight against insurgency adding that the collaboration would also enhance effective policing of boarders.
“The visit will enhance our efforts towards checkmating the proliferation of small arms in our various boarders.”
He reiterated that both countries shared similar challenges noting that the collaboration of both country would foster stability in Africa.
He called for an improved cooperation in the areas of training of personnel and checkmating the crisscrossing of small arms and weapons,noting that no individual country can survive in isolation.
The COAS further urged all African countries to cooperate and work together to get rid of all the multifaceted security challenges bedeviling the continent .