6 October 2017
By Chidiebere Ejike
The United Kingdom has assured Nigerians of its commitment to stand with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism in the country.
This assurance was given by UK’s Minister for Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, during his visit to the country, to further strengthen defence ties.
In a statement issued by the British High Commission, Abuja, Lancaster said, “The UK stands united with Nigeria in the international fight against terror. With our world class military expertise, we are helping the Nigerian military develop the skills necessary to tackle
the threat of Boko Haram.
“From expert operational guidance and medical mentoring in the North East, to counter explosive device training across the country, the UK is leading the way in its commitment to supporting a safe and stable Nigeria.”
During the visit, he saw first hand the support the UK is providing to the Nigerian Armed Forces leading the fight against Boko Haram as well as meeting those delivering expert training to the Nigerian Armed Forces through the resident British Military Advisory and Training Team, BMATT.
The Minister met with UK personnel in the Liaison and Support Team, LST, based in the North East of the country.
“The LST provides non-lethal operational advice and guidance to the Nigerian Armed Forces as they tackle the terror threat of Boko Haram”, Lancaster noted.
The minister toured different parts of the country including Makurdi, Maiduguri, Kaduna and Abuja to get a first-hand assessment of the support UK troops were providing for Nigerian soldiers.