Lt.-Gen. Roly Walker, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the United Kingdom (UK), has praised the Nigerian Army for its important contribution to preserving peace and security in Africa.
In a statement released in Abuja, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, stated that Walker made the praise during his Tuesday visit to Army Headquarters.
Walker stated that the Nigerian army has remained unwavering in its dedication to peacekeeping missions around the continent.
He emphasised how important it is to tackle regional security issues and work together to overcome enduring security concerns.
Walker expressed the commitment of the UK to strengthening its partnership with the Nigerian army and reaffirmed continued support for initiatives aimed at enhancing regional security and stability.
The UK Deputy Chief of Defence Staff said he was in Abuja for the upcoming security and defence dialogue between his country and Nigeria.
Responding, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, lauded the harmonious working relationship between the armies of the two nations.
Lagbaja also appreciated the contribution of the British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT), which, he said, has been of immense assistance to the Nigerian army in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
He also acknowledged the supporting role of BMATT in the area of capacity development, which significantly upscaled the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and the sub-region.
The COAS pledged that the Nigerian army would entrench its relationship with the UK and expand the frontiers of cooperation to achieve shared security objectives. (NAN)