Bangladesh Army Chief visits Nigeria

Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff, General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafi'ul Huq addressing some army officers during his visit.

The Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff, General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafi’ul Huq has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, at the Flag Staff House in Lagos.

General Shafi’ul Huq, on an official visit to Nigeria, was accompanied by the Bangladesh High Commissioner-designate, some of his staff and the Nigerian Defence Adviser to New Delhi, who also oversees Bangladesh.

Present to receive the visitors were Principal Staff Officers and Corps Commanders in Lagos.

General Shafi’ul Huq commended the the Nigerian Army for the success it had recorded in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.

He said both his country and Nigeria had a lot of experience and knowledge to share in counter insurgency operations.

Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai at the event.

Holistic approach
General Buratai urged army officials around the world to take the issue of insurgency and terrorism seriously, saying they were difficult battle to overcome.

He also said army in particular bears the brunt as they confront terrorists in very difficult terrain and indeed, sometimes within the population.

“It is a very difficult experience and it will continue to be difficult but can be countered through the use of intelligence. Counter insurgency is at best an intelligence operation,” Lieutenant General Buratai said.

Success in northeast
Lieutenant General Buratai  said the lessons he learnt from the Bangladesh National Defence while on course in May 2016, had been very useful in the counter insurgency operations in the North-East.

According to him, “the lessons are partly responsible for the success being recorded in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.”

Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff, General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafi’ul Huq, in handshake with some army officers.

General Shafi’ul Huq said his visit was to explore ways both countries could further strengthen their relationship.

The Bangladesh Army Chief will also be in Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and other Service Chiefs while on a five-day visit.

PR/Chiamaka.O/Sammie