Ending Insurgency: France, Nigeria Defence Ministers Sign Deal

Ending InsurgencyNigeria and France have signed a deal that would help government of both countries focus on training and procurement of equipment for its military personnel to end war against terrorism.

Speaking at the end of the Nigeria/France High Defence Committee meeting in Abuja, Nigeria’s Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali and his French counterpart, Jean Yves Le Drian said plans are also in top gear to improve on intelligence gathering.

The French government had pledged to work with the Federal Government of Nigeria towards combating the menace of terrorism.

The Director, Military Intelligence of the Republic of France, General Christophe Gomert, in 2015 declared his country’s unwavering support to Nigeria in its fight against insurgency.

General Gomert said the fight against global terrorism could be won through effective collaboration between the two countries.

The Chief of Nigeria’s Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan, also said that Nigeria would continue to build on the existing bilateral relationship between both countries.

France Pledges Support For Nigeria To Combat Terrorism

France Pledges Support For Nigeria To Combat TerrorismThe French government has pledged to work with the Federal Government of Nigeria towards combating the menace of terrorism.

The Director, Military Intelligence of the Republic of France, General Christophe Gomert, declared his country’s unwavering support to Nigeria on Wednesday at a meeting with Nigerian government officials in the nation’s capital city, Abuja.

General Gomert said the fight against global terrorism could be won through effective collaboration between the two countries.

The Chief of Nigeria’s Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan, also said that Nigeria would continue to build on the existing bilateral relationship between both countries.

This comes few weeks after attacks in Paris, which the Islamic State claimed responsibility for.

After the near-simultaneous attacks that killed about 130 people in Paris, the French President, Francois Hollande, said it was an ‘act of war’ organised by the Islamic State militant group.

Days after the Paris attack, suicide bombers carried out attacks in Yola and Kano, which President Muhammadu Buhari also condemned in strongest terms. He urged Nigerians to increase vigilance even as the military tried to end the activities of the Boko Haram in the north-east.