UK restates support to fight against Boko Haram

From EMEKA OKONKWO
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE United Kingdom has reiterated its support to Nigeria as the West African country fights the Boko Haram terror group.
UK Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, pledged the commitment during a visit to Nigeria.
“The UK stands united with Nigeria in the international fight against terror,” Lancaster said.
He added the visit was to solidify the defence relationship between the two nations.
“With our world class military expertise, we are helping the Nigerian military develop the skills necessary to tackle the threat of Boko Haram,” Lancaster said.
“From expert operational guidance and medical mentoring in the North East,to counter explosive device training across the country, the UK is leading the way in its commitment to supporting a safe and stable Nigeria.”
Throughout this week, the UK minister visited various Nigerian defence institutions currently receiving military support from UK training packages.
He met senior Nigerian military officials in the capital Abuja.
Over 40 UK military personnel are deployed on an enduring basis in country to coordinate training and advisory support.
Almost 700 personnel have deployed on a range of short term training tasks in support of the British Military Advisory and Training Team since early 2015.
Over 28 500 members of the Nigerian military have received UK training and Defence education during the period.
CAJ News

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