By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
King Abdullah II of Jordan Wednesday in New York donated military hardware to Nigeria with additional pledge to further supply helicopters to the country to enhance its fight against terrorism.
A statement by President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari thanked Abdullah for the gifts on Tuesday at the ongoing 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States.
He said Buhari described the donation of 200 armoured fighting vehicles to Nigeria by Abdullah II as a reflection of his kingdom’s “true concern for Nigeria’s security situation and genuine goodwill towards a friendly nation”.
Adesina added that Buhari reassured the Jordan king of Nigeria’s commitment towards the “proposed Aqaba Process with countries in the region as well as Nigeria’s willingness to play a leading role in bringing together countries in the West African sub-region into this collective security arrangement”.
He also said the president pledged Nigeria’s continued desire for enhanced bilateral ties with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, adding that the king told Buhari that his national security adviser would soon be working out the final details of the Aqaba process with his Nigerian counterpart.