The Nigerian military has been enjoying technical and logistics support from the United Kingdom and the United States of America in its fight against Boko Haram terrorists, PUNCH reports.
A highly-placed military source told our correspondent in Abuja, on Friday, that details of the nature of the support were classified but gave the areas of such assistance as intelligence gathering and analysis, training and equipment.
The source stated, “With the advent of this administration, we have had improvements in the level of support we are getting from our foreign partners. The support is mainly technical. It is in the areas of supply of arms and ammunition; sale of aircraft and accessories as well as training.
“I am not at liberty to give you details because most of these things are highly classified for obvious reasons. Making them public could jeopardise our operations in the theatre.”
In response to a question on whether the military requested the foreign support, the source said, “As the military, our laws do not permit us to go around begging for foreign help, no matter how much we need it.
“We are in a democracy; and in a democracy, such a responsibility rests with the political class. Only our political leaders can make such a call. Ours is to state our areas of critical needs through our chain of command.
“Just like it is when we require military hardware, we make our request to the civil authorities; it goes through appropriation before we get it.”
In a related development, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, has reiterated the call of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on the media to be mindful of national security in reporting the ongoing anti-terrorism war against the Boko Haram.
He told SUNDAY PUNCH that the military required the support of all citizens, especially the media, in the task of securing Nigeria’s territorial integrity.
In response to a question on what was being done to secure Geidam and its environs from further attacks, Usman said, “I must inform you that nobody will disclose operational plans or strategy publicly. I therefore cannot imagine you getting such an answer.”