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NIGERIAN VEEP REITERATES CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION TO FIGHT TERRORISM

ABUJA, Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has again called for international collaboration to tackle the menace of terrorism.

Speaking at a meeting with the Bangladeshi Chief of Army Staff, General Abu Belal Muhammad, here Tuesday, Osinbajo said Nigeria would continue to co-operate in the global fight.

He noted that networking among terrorist groups had increased the need for countries to close ranks to counter the threats posed by terrorist activities.

We are concerned about terrorism not just within our borders. We have also seen the influence of terrorists across borders and how terrorist organizations have cooperated with each other,” he added. “We are aware for instance that some within our own borders are co-operating with ISIL (Daesh). We think that these sort of evil collaborations must have a response from countries that share similar experiences and can present a credible force against terrorists.”

On Nigeria-Bangladesh relations, Osinbajo said improved co-operation between the Bangladeshi and Nigerian military would go a long way towards 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. We have had similar problems with Boko Haram and I know that you have also had problems of some sort with terrorist groups within the borders of Bangladesh,” he said.

He said Nigeria looked forward to co-operating with the Bangladeshi government across different fronts, including defence and the economy. He expressed the hope for collaboration in some other areas such as in the Bangladesh Ordinance Factory.

The Bangladeshi Chief of Army Staff 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.

He added that there was a 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: NAM NEWS NETWORK