South Korea Military Expresses Interest to Partner Nigerian Armed Forces in Counter Insurgency

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Chiemelie Ezeobi

The Korean military wednesday extended a hand of fellowship to the Nigerian Armed Forces by expressing their desire to work with the three arms of the Armed Forces- Army, Navy and Air Force in counter insurgency

The leader of the military delegation from the Democratic Republic of Korea, Major General YO Song Chol, said this while commending the Nigerian Armed Forces for its exceptional roles in regional and global peacekeeping operations.

Chol gave the commendation when he led a group of senior military officers from the Korean Defence Ministry to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Abuja.

He said this roles have accorded Nigerian military positive image in the comity of global Armed Forces.

While eulogising the Nigerian military’s professional competence that led to the defeat of the deadly Boko Haram terrorists in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, he expressed his country’s willingness to partner with the services.

The Korean General expressed his country’s willingness to partner with Nigerian Armed Forces in the area of counter insurgency training and capacity building for enhancing national defence capability aimed at total eradication of extremists in the West African sub-Region.

According to Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, the Korean General said the world is currently witnessing series of security threats from radical groups such as Boko Haram, ISIS and Al-Shabab.

He said the Korean Armed Forces has been collaborating and cooperating with other countries to fight the common enemies.

The statement from the DDI also quoted the Korean General as saying that other areas for mutual benefit hinges on the need for transfer of technology including building of military industrial complexes.

While welcoming the Korean delegation, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Olonisakin assured the Korean Senior military officers of the determination of the Nigerian Armed Forces to partner with any country of the world that share the same ideology and aspiration to fight extremism and terrorism in order to engender global peace and tranquility.