•More support to fight insurgency, piracy
The Federal Governmwnt has sought for a closer cooperation with the Brazilian Government especially in the fight against Boko Haram terrorism and piracy along the Gulf of Guinea.
To this end, the Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, in a statement on Thursday by his Public Relations Officer, Col. Tukur Gusau, is seeking partnership to improve the Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) and the nation’s Military Industrial Complex.
Dan-Ali made the call while visiting his Brazilian counterpart Mr Fernando Azevedo E Silva at Rio De Janeiro Brazil.
According to him terrorism is a global phenomena that need to be addressed jointly by all nations. He thanked the Brazilian government for its efforts towards promoting global peace and security.
The Defence Minister also hailed the relationship between the Nigerian Navy and Brazilian Navy especially in the provision of security along the Gulf of Gunea.
He also requested “the Brazilian Ministry of Defence to parter with DICON with a view of upgrading its services to realise the Government ambition of establishing a Military Industrial Complex in Nigeria. The Minister also informed his host that Nigeria will soon start sending its Officers to Brazil for training.”
In his response the Brazilian Defence Minister thanked the Minister for his visit and assure him of the committment and support of the Brazilian Government to Nigeria in its urge to eradicate insurgency and terrorism in the sub region.
The Minister was accompanied during the visit by Amb. Christopher Okeke, Nigerian Ambassasor to Brazil, Mr Ashibel Utsu Director airforce Affairs MOD, AVM Emmanuel Wonah representing Nigerian Airforce and Brig Gen Obinna Ajunwa Nigeria Defence Adviser to Brazil.
He also visits Embarear a military aircraft manufacturing company located at Sulscap in Rio and inspects its latest productions.