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UK pledges more assistance to Nigeria in curbing insecurity

Richard Montgomery
Richard Montgomery

The UK government has promised its willingness to continue to support Nigeria in its fight against insecurity.

British High Commissioner to Nigeria Richard Montgomery revealed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He also revealed that the UK government is working in collaboration with the Nigerian government on the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

Montgomery, said UK government has shared good relationship with Nigeria saying “We have very long-standing defence engagements and many of our high commands. They are organised on similar principles.

“The UK arms services and the Nigeria arms services really understand each other and since the creation of Nigeria, we have had very warm defence relations and in the past two, three decades, we have really been conscious of Nigeria as one of the biggest contributors of peace-keeping forces, its role in ECOWAS, as well as EU.

“The Nigerian armed forces have played an important role in mobilising other countries in the region when the international community has asked it to help.”

“In relation to the present instability and terrorism in the North-east,” Montgomery continued, “our main collaboration is with Nigeria as part of the Multinational Joint Task Force.

“That obviously involves the government of Cameroon, and Niger but Nigeria is by far the biggest player; it is by far the biggest arms service provider.

“We have tried to provide support where possible to that multinational joint task force trying to stabilise the Lake Chad basin.

“In relation to the bilateral defence engagement, at the moment, we have a British military adviser in a training team well established in this country for decades.

“It has always tried to evolve its relationship with the Nigerian armed forces depending on what the priorities are.”