Boko Haram: Foreign assistance won’t undermine Nigeria’s sovereignty – Air Chief

Nigerian Air Force Plane

Twelve newly-promoted Warrant Officers were decorated at the Air force headquarters.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, says the presence of foreign military in Nigeria to assist in the rescue of the abducted Chibok school girls will not undermine the nation’s sovereignty.

Mr. Amosu said this on Friday in Abuja at the decoration of 12 newly-promoted Warrant Officers at the Air force headquarters.

“When they come in like that for assistance, there will be something like a memorandum of understanding, there will be guidelines.

“Even great nations like Britain have it in their agreement that they will always respect the NATO alliance; it is not the first time that nations are working together.

“What you have to know first about multinationals coming to our aid is that it is not strange because nations do not fight alone, you fight as a coalition,” he said.

Mr. Amosu recalled that during the ECOMOG operations in Liberia, the region got assistance from the international community in terms of information.

On whether the foreign forces would collaborate with their Nigerian counterparts, the CAS declined comment.

He, however, said “what you are asking for, I do not think is what we should say in the open, it is confidential.

“But it is not what will compromise our sovereignty, we are still working as a nation and we have made it very clear we will provide the information.”

He said that partnership and alliances with foreign nations would enhance the capabilities of Nigerian troops in the war against insurgency.

On the newly-promoted officers, Mr. Amosu said they had performed creditably in the war against terrorism.

“As we started the fight against insurgency and terrorism, we observed that some of them in the field performed better than during peace time.

“We thought we should given them the recognition,’’ he said.



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  • Truthometer

    Which sovereignty is he talking about? The sovereignty of Nigeria has been compromised if not lost, the moment you and your so called military failed to defend the territorial integrity of your own country and have to rely on other countries to do it for you. Corruption at the highest level has turned our once gallant and effective military into glorified Boy Scout. Flushing out the boko haram terrorists out of sambisa forest and rescuing the innocent school girls is your first test, which so far, you are failing. There is need to justify the billion of dollars spent on Nigerian military. We need to know why our soldiers are poorly equipped and who is tampering with their money. It is time to investigate what is going on and audit defence ministry. It is time to send some directors and generals to jail in Nigeria.

  • bloggernaija

    So says the former non-soldier of presidential jets taxi company.
    Ever wonder why they are losing the war against Boko haram?
    This is the reason.
    Clueless and inept people from top to bottom put there by a corrupt and inept president to assist in rigging elections .
    What sovereignty is he talking about where almost half of the country from the niger delta to the middle belt and north east had been overrun by terrorists,marauders , militias, viginlates and jihadist .
    Not to talk of the presence of hisbollah and other foreign groups in the northwest.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Must one even think about threat to the nation’s sovereignty in this situation? I don’t know what must have prompted the Air Chief in making this statement. In any case, none of these countries is interested in having such a stake in Nigeria; no country would want to inherit a country riddled with Islamic fundamentalism.