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Nigerian Army strategic to sub-Saharan Africa region security, says Senegalese military Chief, General Niang

The Inspector General of the Senegalese Armed Forces, Major General Elhadji Daouda Niang, on Monday extolled the Nigerian Army (NA), saying that it is strategic in the security of the sub-Saharan Africa.

The Senegalese military leader noted that the Nigerian Army holds a prime 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 spoke during his meeting with Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya, at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, saying that his visit was to strengthen the cordial relationship between the Nigerian and the Senegalese Armies.

While congratulating the COAS on his appointment, the Inspector General of the |Senegalese Armed Forces also used the opportunity to condole with the Army 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.

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.

General Yahaya further stated that it is heartwarming and a morale booster to the Nigerian Army, 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.

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.

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