FG seeks support from U.S. for Nigerian army aviation



The Minister Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has solicited the support the U.S. for the Nigerian Army Aviation to become fully operational.

A statement by Magashi’s Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadri, on Friday said he made the call during a visit the U.S. Delegation led by the Commander the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Gen. Stephen Townsend, on Thursday in Abuja.

Magashi said that a full fledged Nigerian army aviation was a critical component in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency .




According to him, Nigeria will appreciate the U.S. to fully establish the Aviation Unit the Nigerian Army as a force multiplier in the on-going fight against ISWAP/terrorists in the country.

The Minister thanked the U.S. for its technical and manpower training supports enhancing the nation’s and capabilities to insecurity bedeviling the country.




He acknowledged the progress recorded in the supply of Super Tucano aircraft, Thunder Boat for Maritime Operations and logistics to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) for enhanced combat efficiency and effectiveness.

Magashi also disclosed Nigerian military had adopted international best practices to collateral damage in the fight against terrorism.

He added fighting forces were leveraging low kinetic modus operandi in the theatres of combats in compliance with the Rules of Engagements.






Townsend commended Nigeria for playing a leading role in Africa Sub regional security matters.

He assured the government U.S. would continue to support the country’s military.




Townsend also commiserated with Nigeria on the aircraft mishap that claimed the lives of seven crew members onboard the plane.(NAN)