Germany Backing Nigeria To End Boko Haram Insurgency – Deputy Defence Minister

Boko Haram leader, Sheikh Abubakar Shekau

By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna

The German Deputy Defence Minister, Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe has said that Germany is on the side of Nigeria to curtail Boko Haram insurgents.

He stated this when he visited the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja and that his country is in total support to the Nigerian Armed Forces in their quest to defeat the violent terrorist group in the country.

While congratulating the CDS for the tremendous success recorded in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North East of Nigeria.

Dr. Brauksiepe also observed that the Nigeria Armed Forces has displayed exceptional competence and exemplary behaviour in the fight against insurgents and criminal elements in line with global best practices.

The Deputy minister expressed his country’s determination to explore avenues of common economic interest that may benefit his country and Nigeria especially in the area of curbing sea piracy within the Gulf of Guinea.

In his welcome address, General Olonistakin noted that the Nigerian military has over the years benefited a lot from the German Government through various military aids and therefore solicited for more support from the German Government in the area of provision of logistic support, intelligence gathering and technical assistance for the Multi-National Joint Task Force established to checkmate terrorists network in the West African sub-region.

The German Deputy Defence Minister was accompanied by the German Ambassador to Nigeria, the Defence Attache and some senior military officials from Berlin.       


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