By Joy Odor
The United Nations has pledged continuous partnership with the Nigerian Army in tackling security challenges in the country and the Sahel region.
This was disclosed by the Representative of the UN Secretary General for Central Africa, His Excellency, Mahamat Khatir Annadif Saled during a courtesy call to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya at the Army Headquarters Abuja and made available to newsmen in a press statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu.
Mr Mahamat commended the effort of the NA in stemming the security challenges and activities of insurgents in Nigeria and by extension the SAHEL regions.
The UN envoy who was accompanied on the visit by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in West Africa and the Sahel, His Excellency Mr Francois Luncemy Fall said it is very crucial to adopt a regional approach and provide antidotes to tackle terrorism and other contemporary security challenges bedeviling West Africa and the Sahel region.
He added that most of the current security challenges confronting west African states are a spill over of the Libyan crises.
He assured the NA of partnership in the quest to checkmate the proliferation of arms and profiling of terrorism financers.
In his remarks, the COAS
noted that countries across the globe are currently confronted with terrorism and other security challenges perculiar to each nation.
He added that the NA in conjunction with sister services and other security agencies is making steady progress in the fight against insurgency and will not relent in ensuring the menace is brought to an end in Nigeria.
He also harped on the need for partnership with the NA in the areas of terrorism victims’ support, profiling of terrorism financers, arms proliferation control and technological support.