CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

9 July 2014

Nigeria, Sierra Leone to Revive Military Ties

Abuja — THE Sierra Leone Armed Forces is set to rejuvenate its long standing military ties with Nigeria after a period of lull occasioned by military interregnum.

The Chief of Defence Staff of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces, Major General Oumar Williams, gave the indication during a courtesy call on Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.

He is in the country to attend the graduation ceremony of senior course 36 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) in Abuja.

Williams acknowledged the role of Nigeria over the years especially during the Sierra Leone civil war.

He said a huge gap had been created since the departure of Nigerian and the British training teams from the country.

He solicited the assistance of Nigeria in the areas of training, development of training manual and doctrine.

Badeh thanked Williams for acknowledging Nigeria's legendary contributions to the development of Sierra Leone noting that Nigeria shared a lot of things in common with that country.

He assured Sierra Leone of willingness of the Nigerian Armed forces to partner with the Sierra Leone Armed Forces, particularly in the area of training and capacity building.

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