The Defense Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali has reassured Liberia of his country’s continuous support to the Armed Forces of Liberia as part of its commitment to strengthen the army for the betterment of the country.
Gen. Dan-Ali made the commitment to his Liberian counterpart during his visit to the Ministry of National Defense Barclay Training Center Office in Monrovia last Friday.
In an effort to strengthen the AFL, his government through its Defense Ministry has approved the request of the Liberian Government to provide training for the AFL within Nigeria’s military training programs. Two members of the AFL are training as pilots among other key training being provided by Nigerian institutions.
“Our Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved the continuation of training in junior and senior courses for officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Nigeria.
The approval was predicated upon an appeal Defense Minister Brownie Samukai made to the Nigerian Federal Government authorities during a visit to that country earlier this year,”
“We also approved, in the interest of the longstanding collaboration between both governments, the resumption of Phase Two training for the Liberian pilots at the International Aviation College in Ilorin, Kwara State,” Minister Dan-Ali announced.
Gen. Dan-Ali also revealed his government’s approval of commissioning training slots at the Nigerian Defense Academy for both the Regular Combatant and the Direct Short Service Programs.
He has further committed the Nigerian Army to sharing knowledge and equipment from their Defense Industries Corporation with the AFL in time of need.
AFL officers are undergoing training in engineering and several other courses that would enable them to defend and protect citizens and the country’s territory as well trained and capable army, Gen.Dan-Ali disclosed.
He urged Minister Samukai and other national defense authorities to carefully scrutinize members of the AFL that are being sent to Nigeria for training so that they can meet up with the criteria of the Nigeria Army School and the government for better results.
“We are committed to ensuring that peace, stability and the mandate of the Nigerian government remain a truthful partnership to Liberia as we contribute to the successes of our countries and for the protection of our citizens,” he said.
The General lauded the efforts of the government of Liberia on behalf of his government for the level of respect paid to the late General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman and for building a monument in his honor which he said the government and the people of Nigeria highly appreciate.
In response Minister Samuakai thanked his Nigerian counterpart and his entourage for their visit terming it as a fruitful relationship between the two countries.
He assured Gen. Dan-Ali that the ministry will scrutinize all members of the AFL who will be sent to Nigeria for other security functions.
“We are pleased with the continuation of the training of our army especially the aviation training of two pilots in Nigeria and such other contributions which are at 100 percent cost to Nigeria and zero percent to Liberia,” he said.
He appealed to the Nigerian government to accord the AFL the opportunity they missed this year to participate and acquire advanced knowledge at the Nigerian Defense Academy, Nigerian Command College, and other courses at Nigerian military institutions.
He promised to work along with the government of Nigeria in fighting terrorists and help to bringing peace to the citizens of that country.
“Liberia stands with Nigeria in fighting Boko Haram so that we can get rid of this issue of terrorism,” Minister Samuakai assured.