The United States of America (USA) on Wednesday commenced a training exercise of not less than 750 Nigerian soldiers
The soldiers who are being trained at Jaji, Kaduna State, were selected from various units of the Nigerian Army, battling Boko Haram.
The U.S. Ambassador, James Entwistle, who spoke at the inauguration ceremony of the 145 Battalion training, at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI), Jaji, called on other countries to join Nigeria in the war against insurgency.
While describing the training as a right step towards the eradication of terrorism in the country, Entwistle added that it was best approach to addressing the prolonged Boko Haram attacks in the north-eastern part of Nigeria.
”Nigeria, U.S. partnership extends beyond immediate gains, we need to work together to rebuild the North-East. We are two great democracies and we do many great things together,” he stressed.
On his own part, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, said “the excellent relationship has led to several joint initiatives one of which is the commitment of the United States and her military to assist Nigeria in professionalising our security forces.
”Let me add that the training being conducted for this battalion and indeed other support that the Armed Forces of Nigeria will be getting from the United States as our strategic partnership will be better put to use.
“This is the only way to justify the enormous efforts and resources committed by both the Nigerian and American governments in organising and implementing this training programme.”
Also speaking, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai urged the soldiers to work hard towards achieving the goals of the training.
“I am confident the U.S. Training team with the support of the Commandant and Instructors of NASI are prepared to give you the highest quality of instruction,” he said.