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Nigeria seeks Brazil’s support in combat against insurgency, terrorism

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The Federal Government has called for the support of the Brazilian Government in the fight against Boko Haram terrorism and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

File: Cameroonian soldiers patrol on November 12, 2014 in Amchide, northern Cameroon, 1 km from Nigeria. The city was raided by Islamists from Nigeria’s Boko Haram, killing eight cameroonian soldiers and leading the population to flee on October 15, 2014, before another six coordinated attacks that killed at least three civilians in the remote north of the country, on November 9, 2014. Boko Haram’s five-year insurgency in neighboring Nigeria has left thousands dead, and the Islamists have occasionally carried out attacks over the border. Cameroon has deployed more than 1,000 soldiers in the extreme northeast of the country to counter the Islamist threat. AFP PHOTO

Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, made the call in Rio de Janeiro when he visited his Brazilian counterpart, Mr Fernando Silva.

In a statement in Abuja on Friday, Media Assistant to the minister, Col. Tukur Gusau, quoted him as saying that terrorism was a global phenomenon that needed to be addressed by all nations.

Dan-Ali also requested the assistance of the Brazilian Defence Ministry to Nigeria’s effort at establishing a military industrial complex in the country.

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He added that “very soon, Nigeria will be sending its military officers to Brazil for training”.

In his response, E-Silva pledged the support of his country to Nigeria for the combat of insurgency and terrorism. (NAN)

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