The Nigerian government and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to continue to work together to build the capacity of the security agencies under the purview of the Ministry of Interior.
According to a statement by the ministry’s spokesperson, Mohammed Manga, the two countries renewed this commitment on Monday in Abuja when the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, received the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Fahad Altaffag.
Mr Aregbesola disclosed that strengthening the relationship between the two countries “which has existed for years, will further boost the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari- led Administration in ensuring the protection of lives and properties of Nigerians”.
“Collaboration on security between the Nigerian Ministry of Interior and the UAE Ministry of Interior will strengthen the Government’s capacity to solve internal security challenges in Nigeria,” the minister reportedly said.
He assured that Nigeria would continue to collaborate with the UAE in the areas of capacity building, educational development, fire disaster management, intelligence gathering and border security management system.
He said the security system of the UAE was never in doubt and as such, Nigeria can learn a lot from the UAE.
“When we have intellectual and physical capacities, we will not only overcome security challenges, but also neutralise them,” he reiterated.
Meanwhile, the diplomat, Mr Altaffag, said his country has had discussions with Nigeria in the past “on ways to work together to solve internal security challenges in Nigeria”.
He also said this visit was to consolidate on the existing cooperation between the two countries particularly, on security matters.
He said this will provide necessary support to the President Buhari Administration’s resolve to create conducive environment for foreign investment so as to revitalise the economy.
He reportedly pledged his country’s support for the present administration in its resolve to ensure internal security to Nigerians “so as to move the country to the next level of socio-economic development.”