A statement by the Army Headquarters, AHQ, in Abuja, through the Director of Army Public Relations, DAPR, Colonel Sani Usman, said that Ukraine had also offered to train Nigerian soldiers.
Usman said that the Ukrainian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Valerii Aleksandruk, conveyed his government’s resolves when he visited the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, at the AHQ.
The DAPR said that the two countries during the visit, resolved to strengthen their military cooperation particularly in the area of training.
The Ambassador stated that his country considered Nigeria very important in the West African sub-region, stressing the need for military cooperation between the two countries especially with the current security challenges facing the country.
He was also said to have commended the Nigerian Army in its efforts in fighting Boko Haram terrorists, adding that with the present determination of the Army leadership, insurgency in the country would soon be a thing of the past.
“Dr Aleksandruk further expressed Ukraine’s government readiness to offer opportunity for training of the Nigerian Army personnel as well as supplying of military hardware to the country whenever the need arises”, Usman said.
In a response, he said that the Chief of Army Staff also pledged the Nigerian Army’s readiness to cooperate with Ukraine Buratai was said to have assured the Ambassador of the Nigerian Army’s determination to end Boko Haram terrorism very soon.
He also used the opportunity to request the Ambassador’s assistance in facilitating for training slots for Nigerian Army personnel on courses in maintenance and operations of some military equipment.
Present during the visit were the 1st Secretary, Ukraine Embassy, Mr Ihor Cherinko and some Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters