In an effort to end Boko Haram in the African sub region, as well as strengthen the existing bi-lateral cooperation with Nigeria’s neighbours, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin has solicited the cooperation of Niger Republic and the Republic of Cameroun.
General Olonisakin, who has embarked on official trips to Niger and Cameroun, met with the top government functionaries of the two countries, and according to a press statement issued by the director of defence information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, in Niger Republic, General Olonisakin met with the President of the country, Mahamadou Issoufou as well as the Chief of Defence Staff, General Seyni Garba where discussion on issues that concern the two friendly countries were highlighted.
The statement said General Olonisakin thanked the Niger President for the role the country is playing in counterterrorism operations in Lake Chad Basin and the country’s role in the formation of Multi-National Joint Task Force MNJTF.
Olonisakin expressed delight that Boko Haram has been significantly decimated, a feat which called for stronger ties between Nigeria and its neighbours to ensure that no safe haven is provided for the retreating Boko Haram terrorists in the sub-region.
“To this end, General Olonisakin solicited for improved intelligence gathering and sharing, air asset operations and counter-Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, operations within the Lake Chad Basin countries and across ECOWAS states.
The military spokesman said while in Cameroun, Nigeria’s CDS was received by the Camerounian Honorable Minister of Defence, Edgard Allain Mebe Ngo’o and the country’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Rene-Claude Meka where similar discussion, as in Niger Republic, occurred.
“One of the highlights of the discussion in Cameroun was in the area of stronger cooperation in maritime environment, especially in the Gulf of Guinea, to tackle the incessant case of bunkering, oil theft and piracy.
General Olonisakin has since returned to Nigeria.


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