Nigerian,Niger, Chad's Defence chiefs meet in Abuja over Boko-Haram

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh and his counter parts from Niger and Chad yesterday held a closed door meeting in Abuja over the ongoing fight against the insurgents in the country.

Although, details of their discussions were not made public at the time of press yesterday, it is unconnected with effective coordination of military activities of both countries against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen.Kenneth Minimah has said the partnership with neighbouring countries against Boko Haram could be further enhance.

General Minimah said that while Nigeria had bilateral agreement with Chad and Niger Republic, it has no bilateral agreement with Cameroon who is also fighting the insurgents on her soil.

The chief of Army Staff said this on Monday while fielding questions after he declared 2015 COAS 1st quarter Conference opened in Abuja.

He said that Nigerian Army will perform its constitutionally assigned duty during the general elections.

Speaking on the backdrop of recent controversy over the use of the military for the election; he said that INEC provisions are very clear and only the federal government can direct what to do.

“We reaffirm our unalloyed loyalty to the Constitution of Nigeria and our Commander-in- chief.”
He assured of the Army “commitment to continue to perform our Constitutional duty of defending Nigeria from external aggression, maintaining its territorial integrity, suppressing insurrection and providing aid to civil authority.”
General Minimah urged all officers and soldiers to uphold the Nigerian Army values such as loyalty, courage, Professionalism, discipline, respect and sacrifice.

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