Nigeria and Pakistan should operationalise existing MoU’s, the Pakistani High Commissioner, Rtd Lt. Gen Agha Farooq has said, as its High Commission in Nigeria, marked the Pakistan Defence Day on Wednesday.
The event which took place at the Nigerian Airforce Centre in Abuja, was held in commemoration of the martyrs of the Pakistani armed forces who have laid down their lives in different wars, especially the war against terrorism, which Pakistan has been fighting for the past fifteen years.
The High Commissioner expressed delight over Nigeria and Pakistan’s bilateral relations, saying “We have the right policies to use the MoUs, as a benchmark to achieve progress in terms of Agriculture, manufacturing and capacity building.
“Both countries learn from each other and both countries have common ethics values, hence they complement each other. Over the years we have been able to address capacity building. We have supported the Nigerian Armed Forces, both in terms of training, and capacity building, not only to take on Boko Haram, but also to take on other terrorism challenges,” he said.
The Pakistani Defence Adviser, Colonel Julian Muazzam James, told LEADERSHIP, “Pakistani and Nigeria have so many things in common. We have same opportunities and common challenges and so we need to work together. Terrorism is a global phenomenon and it cannot be dealt with by only one country.
“ The Pakistan Armed Forces and Pakistan defence production, are offering an all-out support for our Nigerian brothers to come. We can train, and we can do so many things together,” he noted.
Also in attendance at the event was the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, as well as other high ranking dignitaries from the army, as well as the diplomatic corps.