Nigeria seeks stronger military ties with France


By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has called for renewal of existing bilateral military agreements between Nigeria and France to reflect real-time security related needs of the two countries.

Magashi made the call when the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann, paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Special Assistant to the Minister on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadri, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

The minister said that Nigeria and France were strategic partners, adding that the partnerships needed to be rejigged to take it to higher level.

He said that more proactive intelligence gathering mechanism and technological support to drive new information sharing regime to aid military campaigns in the country.

Magashi, however, asked for technological transfer to galvanise the nation’s military capabilities.

Earlier, Blatmann commended the minister for his desire to…

Source: News Agency of Nigeria