Daily Trust (Abuja)

24 August 2007

Liberia: Country Signs Defence Pact With Liberia

About 220 Liberian soldiers will be trained by the Nigerian Army as part of an agreement signed by the Ministers of Defence of both Nigeria and Liberia yesterday in Abuja.

During the signing ceremony, the Minister of Defence, Alh Yayale Ahmed, promised that Nigeria will diligently implement the resolutions reached in the memorandum.

Also speaking, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Andrew Owoeye Azazi, stated that the pact will strengthen the existing relationship between Nigeria and Liberia as well as make the sub-region crisis free.

"Nigeria cannot fold its hands and watch Liberia perish because any crisis there will not affect that country alone," he said.

Also speaking, the Minister of Defence of Liberia, Brownie J. Samukai Jr. stated that the training programme will help consolidate and strengthen the Liberian Armed Forces.

He added that the MOU will further strengthen the ties and relationship between ECOWAS member countries as the much needed confidence in the area of defence will be developed.

In the Liberian Defence Minister's entourage were the Chief of Staff of the Liberian Armed Forces, Maj Gen S.A Abdurrahman, Senator Lahai Gbabye lansanah who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on National Defense, Liberia, Hon Rufus W. Gbieor, Chairman, House of Representatives, Liberia and Hon Boma Fahnbulleh Jr. who is the National Security Adviser of Liberia.

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