The newly appointed Commanding General United State Army Africa (USARAF), Major General Roger Cloutier has sought further collaboration with the Nigerian Army in the areas of training support, procurement and logistics.
Cloutier made this known on Tuesday when he paid a visit to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai at the COAS Conference Room, Army Headquarters Abuja.
He commended the Nigerian Army’s efforts in curbing contemporary security challenges especially the Boko Haram terrorism.
According to a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, Cloutier informed the COAS the purpose of the visit was to formally inform him of his appointment and to seek for further collaboration with the Nigerian Army.
The statement quoted Cloutier as saying “I am committed to a deep long time relationship with the Nigerian Army”.
In his response, the COAS thanked the US Army Africa Command for the assistance to the NA.
The statement quoted Buratai as saying “We must continue to collaborate to make sure we synergize and work closely on counter terrorism/insurgency training.
“We have created NA Special Forces Command with Headquarters in Nasarawa State and Special Forces School at Buni Yadi, Yobe State which will certainly require a lot of support from our partners”.
He also assured the Commanding General of the desire of the NA to strengthen the existing agreement with the US Africa Command particularly in the areas of training, logistics and other defence related matters such as counter terrorism and counter insurgency training.
General Buratai congratulated him on his well deserved appointment and assured him of the NA continuous support and collaboration towards achieving mutually beneficial relationship.