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Mshl Sadique Abubakar today at the Headquarters Nigerian
Air Force (NAF), Abuja. Gen Stewart was on a working visit to strategic
military institutions in Abuja to foster existing bilateral military
relations and security collaboration between the United States and

“I am here to
better appreciate the challenges and opportunities in Nigeria and to
strengthen existing strategic partnership”, he said while expressing the
US appreciations for moves Nigeria towards strengthening democratic
principles and human rights.
Speaking further, Lt Gen Stewart
appreciated the effort and sacrifice of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in
the fight against insurgency while commiserating with the leadership of
the NAF about the unfortunate incident of the accidental air strike in
Rann, adding that the US will be willing to assist the NAF with its
investigation in whatever capacity.

Meanwhile, the CAS has
appealed to the US to help Nigeria towards addressing the gap in the
fight terrorism.

“Whatever strategy you putting in place must address
our gaps” the CAS said in his response, noting that the NAF is in need
of Fighter Ground Attack (FGA) and Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to enhance its capability and
effectiveness in fighting the Boko Haram insurgency.

While expressing
the belief that the US is in position to add value to the effort the
NAF, the CAS urged Lt Gen Stewart and his delegation to add their voices
to the desire the NAF to become effective in its operations

Source: L. I

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