The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has urged the outgoing Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Nigeria, Muhammad Shanim Ashan, to tap from the experience of the Nigerian Army in its fight against insurgency, in the North East. Ashan, who will now be his country’s High Commissioner to Italy, was at the Nigerian Army Headquarters (NAHQ) to pay a farewell visit on Buratai.
According to the COAS, there is a lot to be learnt by the outgoing envoy, especially the army’s counter-insurgency war, and federal government’s efforts to address other security and national challenges. Buratai, disclosed that Mr. Ashan was instrumental to the setting up of the Nigeria – Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with a view to enhancing defence and economic cooperations, among the two nations.
Speaking earlier, the outgoing High Commissioner, who said he had a wonderful time serving as a diplomat in Nigeria, added that significant successes have been recorded in key bilateral relationships between his country and Nigeria.
While stressing the need to strengthen cooperation in the area of defence, education and agriculture, among others, between Nigeria and Bangladesh, Ashan urged his successor to build on the existing legacies he will be leaving behind.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) led by its Executive Secretary, Prof. Elias Bagoro, was also at the NAHQ Conference Room to seek partnership with the Nigerian Army, towards boosting research and innovation, that will help tackle the lingering insecurity challenge, while also enhancing military efficiency, in the country.
Responding, Buratai, who pledged the Army’s resolve to partner TETFund, said many Army establishments and units have blazed the trail in conducting cutting-edge research, which resulted in the production of sophisticated military hardware items such as the Mine Resistant Anti-Patrol Vehicles (MRAPs), among others.