- German Armed Forces expresses concerns over the security challenges in the country, especially in the area of insurgency, pipeline vandalism, and kidnapping
- The leader of the German delegation to Nigeria, Col Thorsten Schutz, states that despite the problems in the northeast, Nigeria is a good example of stability anchor for the African region
- The president’s aide, Femi Adesina, says the war against the insurgency in the northeast would not be won solely by declaring a state of emergency in the zone
The Nigerian Army’s counter-insurgency operations has gotten a boost after the German Armed Forces pledged their support for the Nigerian Army in the fight against insurgency.
Leadership reports that the Germans made the pledge when the German Armed Forces General Staff College visited the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division of the Nigerian Army in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The leader of the German delegation, Col Thorsten Schutz expressed concerns over the security challenges in the country, especially in the area of insurgency, pipeline vandalism, and kidnapping.
He said media coverage in Nigeria portrayed Nigeria as a country undergoing both economic struggles and crisis especially in the northeastern part of Nigeria.
“Our news are a little bit dominated by the struggle in the North but we know this is not representing Nigeria.
“But this is a factor we are also inquisitive about and we can learn from that because Germany has a very good period of time without those struggles so we are trying to support,” he said.
Schutz said in spite of the problems in the northeast, Nigeria was a good example of stability anchor for the African region.
“This is part of the reason why we are here to see how they try to cope with that and gain stability in the region,” he said.
The leader of the German delegation also applauded the collective effort of the various security agencies in dealing with the many security challenges.
Meanwhile, the presidency has reacted to the comment by Chief Edwin Clark, former federal commissioner for information, that a state of emergency should be declared in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states by President Muhammadu Buhari, Channels reports.
The presidency’s response was given by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity.
NAIJ.com gathers that Adesina stated that the war against the insurgency in the northeast would not be won by declaring a state of emergency.
Adesina stressed that the Buhari-led government would take a completely different approach to tackling the Boko Haram terrorists.
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