Aftermath of the capture of Sambisa Forest and defeat of Boko Haram by Nigerian Military, the famed UK Royal Defence College, has paid a visit to Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin as part of its study tour to the Defence headquarters.
Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche in a statement said the Staff and members of the UK Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) who visited General Abayomi Olonisakin, CDS, were led by Major General Lawrence Craig.
He said, “The visit was part of the Royal Defence College Geo-Strategic Study Tour to understudy the Nigerian military winning strategy in combating Boko Haram Terrorism in the North East and militancy in the Niger Delta region”.
Addressing the team, General Olonisakin noted that Terrorism and insurgency are global security challenges but added that the Defence Headquarters has recorded significant victory over the Boko Haram Terrorists who hitherto halted socio economic activities in the North East.
Olonisakin expressed optimism that with the reinvigorated Armed Forces of Nigeria and the collaboration of the Multinational Joint Task Force, the BHT menace would soon be over.
The CDS who was represented by the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Bashir Saidu expressed appreciation to the UK for extending their training programme to some of Nigerian officers in their prestigious Royal Defence Academy.
Responding, Team Leader, General Lawrence stated that the visit was part of the Royal Defence College geo-strategic tour to acquaint the members with the emerging global phenomenon in African perspective.
He applauded the CDS and the Nigerian Armed Forces for their tremendous contributions to Nation building and observed that in spite of the myriad of security challenges, the Nigerian military has been able to give a good account of itself as a leading military force in Africa and the sub-region.
Members of the delegation were briefed on the operational activities of the DHQ which includes: Lafiya Dole, Delta Safe, Awatse, Safe Haven, and International Peace Support Operations.
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