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The German Government has
promised to support Nigeria in intelligence,
police and military training to combat
terrorism.
This is contained in a joint communiqué signed
byMartin Uhomoibhi, Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the German
State secretary, Dr Markus Ederer in Abuja on
Thursday.
It said Germany also agreed to collaborate
with Nigeria in crisis prevention and control of
small arms and light weapons.
“Both countries were seized with the issue of
terrorism and agreed that it is an international
scourge rather than a national phenomenon.
“The countries recognised the importance of
regional cooperation in combating the scourge
and the need to address the proliferation of
arms and light weapons in West Africa’’, it
added.
On multilateral issues, the communiqué noted
that Nigeria and Germany agreed to continue
to support each other’s candidates at the UN
Security Council and the entire UN system.
Germany’s last term as a non-permanent
member of the Security Council ended on Jan.
1, 2013.
The country has indicated interest to bid for
the coveted Security Council slot in 2019.
Later, Ederer told reporters that both
countries deliberated extensively on how to
strengthen efforts by regional blocs such as
ECOWAS to combat terrorism.
“We also discussed how we can work on
banning, destruction and suppression of small
arms and light weapons.
“So there are a number of areas where we
offered our support and we will look more
closely into the details’’, he said.
Ederer admitted that his government had yet
to redeem a promise to set up projects to
support families and communities affected by
the April 14 kidnap of school girls in Chibok,
Borno.
“We are discussing with stakeholders here on
a project to help the traumatised families.
“We have not concluded the project yet and I
think you will have to wait a little bit until we
have the results’’, he said.
Last month, the German Foreign Minister
Frank-Walter Steamier offered to establish the
project to help victims of insurgency in the
north-eastern part of the country.
In June, the UN refugee agency said about
650,000 Nigerians had been displaced as a
result of Boko Haram attacks on civilians in
north-east Nigeria.
– NAN

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