Nigeria has renewed the call for international collaboration in tackling the menace of terrorism.
The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the call on Tuesday, when the visiting Bangladeshi Army Chief, General Abu Belal Muhammad, paid him a courtesy call at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Osinbajo said that terrorists groups have increased their network, making it imperative for countries to close ranks to counter the threats posed by their activities.
We are concerned about terrorism not just within our borders, we have also seen the influence of terrorists across borders and how terrorist organisations have cooperated with each other,” Professor Osinbajo stated.
He said some terrorists within Nigeria’s borders were cooperating with ISIL, insisting that such evil collaborations must have a response from countries that share similar experiences and can present a credible force against terrorists.
Terrorism is a major problem and perhaps the most significant problem that the free world will face in the coming years,” Professor Osinbajo stated.
On the Nigeria-Bangladesh relations, the Vice President said improved cooperation between the Bangladeshi and Nigerian military would go a long way in curbing threats posed by terrorist groups within and around borders of the two countries.
We have benefitted a lot from some of your experiences in fighting insurgency in Bangladesh and we hope that we benefit even more from those experiences, he stated. The Vice President said that Bangladesh had challenges similar to the one pose by Boko Haram within its borders.
According to him, Nigeria looks forward to cooperating with the Bangladeshi government across different fronts including defence and the economy.
The Bangladeshi Chief of Army Staff, General Abu Belal Muhammad expressed gratitude at the reception accorded to his delegation since arriving in Nigeria.
General Muhammad said the long standing relations between Nigeria and Bangladesh had helped in the career development of many officers of the Armed Forces of both countries.
Both countries armed forces have a long standing relationship. Nigeria sends armed forces and a lot of officers to train in Bangladesh in different training institutions like the National Defence College and the Defence and Staff College, the Bagladeshi Army Chief said.
He added that there was need to strengthen relations on the defence and economic fronts to tackle challenges peculiar to both countries.
The Bangladeshi Army chief is in Nigeria on a working visit to improve military relations between both countries.
Source: Voice of Nigeria