BY ANDREW OROLUA
The French government has expressed its willingness to collaborate with Nigeria to curb the rise in terrorism and other forms of insecurity that have been troubling the country in recent decades.
According to a statement released yesterday by the Defence Director of Press, Henshaw Ogubike, the Nigerian Minister of Defence, Mohammed Abubakar, said Nigeria was ready to strengthen its bilateral defence relationship with France.
This was made known during the visit of the outgoing Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann, to the Ship House in Abuja.
Blatmann stated the need to develop cooperation in intelligence sharing between the two countries in the fight against extremism, terrorist movements, and regional insecurity.
Abubakar said that Nigeria was eager to build on the existing relationship between the two countries, pointing out that training and technology transfer would further strengthen the bilateral relations both countries have shared.
While appreciating the outgoing Ambassador for her cordial relationship with Nigeria, he said both countries are strategic partners and promised to further strengthen this partnership to higher levels of operations.
Earlier, Blatmann commended the Nigerian Government for its warm
gesture, love, and trust towards her. In addition, the Ambassador said that there was a need to develop cooperation in intelligence sharing between the two countries in the fight against extremism, terrorist movements, and regional insecurity.
Mrs. Blatmann mentioned that she has been appointed the Head of African and Indian Ocean Affairs at the French Foreign Affairs Ministry, promising that France will cooperate more with Nigeria to deepen its defence relationship with the country.