Nigeria Wants Russia's Support In War Against Terror
Nigerians want Boko Haram insurgency to disappear like a dream of the night, but Nigeria’s efforts seem not to be enough to end the activities of the dissidents group.
The oil-rich nation wants Russia’s cooperation in fighting the terrorists that have attacked communities in northeast Nigeria for more than 8 years.
They are pushing for the establishment of an Islamic State and put an end to Western education in the region.
Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State jihadists, IS, also referred to as ISIL.
But Nigeria is constantly looking for a strategic way of halting their activities that have also displaced over 2 million persons.
Nigeria’s request for cooperation was put forward when the Minister of Defence, Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, held talks with Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu, on the sidelines of the Army-2017 international forum held in the Moscow region.
“We discussed counter-terrorism cooperation with Shoigu and I highlighted the role Russia has been playing across the globe.
“We know that insurgency is a global problem, and Russia has been assisting Afghanistan, Syria and Turkey in this regard.
“We are also looking for assistance from Russia in our sub-region since we have similar problem of insurgency.
“Russia is playing a very important role in the Middle East, especially, in fighting ISIL.
“All around the globe Russia has been doing very well fighting terrorism," he said.
According to Dan-Ali, Nigeria had made significant progress in fighting terrorists within its borders, with insurgents being now unable to engage in an organised warfare.
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“If you remember, when this administration came 2 years ago, they were able to regain lost territories, which was occupied by insurgents.
“We were able to degrade them to some extent …
"We have been done so far good, and as I am talking to you now, we have been able to subdue insurgents to the extent that they cannot longer fight organised warfare and resorted to bombings and ambushes,” the defence minister said.
Dan-Ali added that Abuja was looking to such countries as Chad and Cameroon to “come together in one joint force, which will cooperate in fighting insurgency within that sub-region".
This is coming just as military heightened onslaught against Boko Haram which forced 68 members of the terrorist group to surrender to the army.
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