By Auwal Umar
In a bid to equip the Nigerian Army personnel to effectively confront the menace of terrorism, 223 army officers have received training in various military institutions in Bangladesh.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai disclosed this when the High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Mr. Mohammed Shammeen Ashan paid him a courtesy visit at the army headquarters.
The COAS who is also an alumni of the National Defence University, NDU, Bangladesh, said he learnt valuable lessons from the country in the art of counter insurgency and terrorism warfare.
While noting that such experience has contributed to the massive decapitation of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in the North East, Lt. Gen Buratai, added that his sojourn in Nepal during the period exposed him to how efforts of the Bangladesh defence forces combined to defeat the insurgents and criminals of the Chittagong Hills.
The COAS attributed the feat to the conducive bilateral relationship existing between Nigeria and Bangladesh.
“So you can see that my stay in Bangladesh has contributed to how we have dealt with the insurgents and terrorists in the North East of our country. Though we are still dealing with them and they are being pushed away from the North East,” the COAS said.
Disclosing that the Nigerian Army will continue to explore available opportunity for further training of its officers and soldiers in the areas of tactics, staff duties and intelligence among others, Lt. General Buratai urged the Bangladesh government to also take advantages of Nigerian Army military training institutions.
He said: “Our military institutions are also open for training to your officers and soldiers. We have the Infantry School, the Artillery School, the Intelligence School, the Amoured school and the Cyber Warfare School among others and they are all of international standards.”
He also urged the High Commissioner to take advantage of and partner with the Nigerian Army University in Biu, in Borno state.
Earlier, High Commissioner Ashan told the Army Chief and Principal Officers that he was at Army headquarters to further strengthen the bilateral relations between both countries particularly to seek for increased military cooperation.
Noting that Bangladesh and Nigeria are strong military contributors to United Nations Peacekeeping operations, the High Commissioner said this is because both countries seek for and work for peace and stability in the international community.
“I will do my best to see that both countries sustain world peace” he said.
Present at the occasion were the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt. General Lamidi Adeosun, CTOP, Maj General Enobong Udoh, Chief of Administration, Maj General Yusuf, Chief of Military Intelligence, Maj General Adebayo, Chief of Standard and Evaluation, Maj Gen Fidelis Azinta, Special Adviser Nigerian Army University, Maj General Okonkwo and Commandant, Nigerian Army War College, Maj Gen C Ofoche