Jordan seeks collaboration with Nigeria to end terrorism

Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja

Jordanian authorities are seeking for closer collaboration with Nigeria in the area of intelligence gathering, regional cooperation and capacity building to enhance total eradication of extremist groups in Africa.

The Jordanian delegation, led by the Special Adviser to the King of Jordan on Political Affairs, Mr Manas Dabbas, disclosed this in a meeting with Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Abayomi Olonisakin.

Mr Dabbas also congratulated the CDS and the Nigerian Armed Forces for their doggedness at decimating the boko haram terrorists, noting that the world is experiencing serious security threats from assorted radical groups like boko haram, al-qaeda, al-shabbab, etc.

He therefore called for concerted efforts by affected countries to emplace mechanisms to under study conflicts and crisis occasioned by terrorist organisations with the aim of defeating such terrorist groups.

Mr Dabbas lauded the efforts of the CDS in piloting the affairs of the Nigerian Armed Forces and pledged his country’s commitment to assist Nigeria in combating the threat posed by boko haram and other terrorist organisations in the country.

In his remark, General Olonisakin thanked the Jordanian envoy for the visit and briefed the delegation on the operations of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and the synergy between regional troops to degrade the boko haram terrorists.

The CDS solicited for cooperation in the area of training and provisions of counter Improved Explosive Devices (IEDs) and emphasised on the need to interface with regional forces and security agencies to eliminate the threat from radical terrorist organisations.

The CDS was accompanied by some Principal Staff Officers from Defence Headquarters to receive the Jordanian delegation. Highlights include the presentation of souvenir to the visitors and a group photograph.