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Buhari regime seeks fast-track of military pact with Pakistan


Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking quick implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding it signed with Pakistan for the transfer of military technology.

Defence minister Bashir Magashi stated this when he hosted the Pakistani the High Commissioner, retired Major-General Muhammad Azam, Turkish Ambassador designate, Hidayet Bayrakar and Indian Defence Scoping delegation on Friday in Abuja.

Mr Magashi said Nigeria is consolidating its defence bilateral cooperation to guarantee sustainable transfer of technologies to support ongoing fight against insecurity bedeviling the country.

Spokesman to the minister, Mohammad Abdulkadri, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

On the existing MoU between Nigeria and Pakistan, the minister said such technologies would serve as force multipliers for national territorial defence capabilities to deal with insurgents and bandits in their enclaves.

Earlier, the Pakistani envoy urged the minister to visit Pakistan on working tours of some installations, and arrays of modern technologies to be explored for possible technological transfer to Nigeria.

Mr Azam pledged to share experience, intelligence and training in support of Nigeria, to deal with the lingering threats to the nation’s sovereignty by non-state actors.

Also, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Bayrakar assured the minister of cooperation to strengthen diplomatic ties between the two countries.

According to the statement, the interface between Mr Magashi and the delegation of Indian Defence Scoping led by retired Lieutenant-General Vinod Khandere, has opened a new vista for robust bilateral military cooperation between Nigeria and India.


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