ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie has assured the Nigerian Armed Forces of the Chinese government’s readiness to partner in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram in the North East.
Xiaojie gave this assurance on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin in his office at the Defence headquarters (DHQ), Abuja.
The ambassador expressed his government’s confidence on the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency, most especially, at restoring peace and security to every troubled areas in the Nation.
He also solicited for stronger ties in the exchanges between the two armed forces in intelligence gathering and sharing as well as training.
Responding, Olonisakin expressed his appreciation to the Chinese government for the hands of fellowship extended to Nigerian military at this crucial time at ensuring that the needful is done to counter insurgency faced by the Nation.
In a related development, the Acting Sierra Leone High Commissioner to Nigeria, Maj-Gen. Alfred Claude Nelson-Williams (rtd) paid a courtesy call on the CDS where he lauded the Nigerian Armed Forces for their resilience and indomitable courage at defending the Nation, especially in bringing peace and security to not only Nigeria but to the West African Sub-region.
Nelson-Williams stated that the purpose of the visit was to appreciate the great role the Nigerian Armed Forces played at bringing peace to Sierra Leone during it’s civil war and the training of Sierra Leone military officers at the National Defence College and Command and Staff College, Jaji.
According to him, Nigeria sacrificed human and materials during Sierra Leone’s civil war to bring peace and succour to the country. He said that government and people of Sierra Leone would be eternally grateful to Nigeria forever.
The high commissioner also used the opportunity to assured Nigerian Armed Forces of winning the war against insurgency and solicited for a continuous and stronger ties between the two countries.