In order to end insecurity that is ravaging Nigeria, the Minister of Defence Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi had sought renewal of the existing bilateral military agreements between Nigeria and France to reflect the real-time security-related needs of the two countries.
This was revealed in Magashi’s statement when the Ambassador of France to Nigeria Emmanuelle Blatmann visited him at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters, Ship House, Abuja.
In a statement on Tuesday by his aide, Mohammad Abdulkadri, the minister said Nigeria and France are strategic partners. He also disclosed that the partnerships need to be rejigged to take it to higher levels of operability and deliverability.
The defence minister, therefore, welcomed a more proactive intelligence gathering mechanism and technological support to drive a new information-sharing regime in aid of their military campaigns in the country.
The general went further to ask for a technological transfer to galvanise the nation’s military productive capabilities in the sector.
The Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann, who was accompanied on the visit by the Defence Attache, Embassy of France in Nigeria, Colonel Guillaume Dujon thanked the minister for the audience aimed at strengthening the existing bilateral agreements between the two countries.
While requesting for a technical interface between the two parties to examine critical areas of mutual benefits in the proposed rebirth of Memorandum of Understanding, she gave assurances that her country will increase efforts to end terrorism in Nigeria and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.