Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai,Jr., has lauded the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for its continued assistance to Liberia, particularly in the training of personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) at the Nigerian Defense Academy.
Minister Samukai made the commendation when the visiting Nigerian Defense Attaché accredited to Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Liberia, Colonel Stanley Nnaemeka Eze, paid him a courtesy call at his Barclay Training Center (BTC) office in Monrovia over the weekend.
He informed the visiting delegation that Liberia is aware of the current security challenges Nigeria is faced with as a result of the Islamist insurgency of Boko Haram; a militant group that branded Western education as bad and anti-Islamic.
He pledged Liberia's readiness to assist Nigeria in combating this menace (threat) when the need arises.
Minister Samukai further pledged Liberia's commitment in fighting terrorism, which he noted, has no boundaries, adding, "What affects one country has the potential to spread to another."
He then praised Nigeria for assigning to Liberia one of its finest sons, the former Command Officer- in-Charge of AFL, Major General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman, “whose innovations and leadership skills contributed to the AFL becoming a citizen's army and a force for good.”
Defense Minister Samukai appealed to Nigeria through the visiting delegation to provide more support, training, and mentorship for the AFL.
Making remarks, Colonel Nnaemeka Eze expressed gratitude to Minister Samukai for the level of improvement at the MOD. He stated that his visit was intended to introduce himself and his new assignment, as well as inform Minister Samukai and his staff about the new challenges Nigeria is facing with the issue of terrorism caused by the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said his country is reviewing a plan to increase more training opportunities for the AFL in Nigerian Military Academies.