The Nigerian Army (NA) has said it is willing to work with the United Nations Office for Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
The Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, made this known Thursday 31 August 2023, when he received UNOCT’s Under-Secretary-General, Mr Vladimir Voronkov, and his delegation at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
While underscoring the crucial need for the Army’s partnership with UNOCT at this time when the country is taking a lead role in regional counter-terrorism efforts, Lt. Gen. Lagbaja averred that the Nigerian Army has recorded large number of surrendered Boko Haram Terrorists through its kinetic and non-kinetic operations, while disarmament and demobilization are also being conducted in line with international best practices.
He noted that the visit will further strengthen global, regional, and national responses through the promotion of partnership and capacity building.
The Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Office for Counter-Terrorism, Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, in his remarks, stated that UNOCT will deepen its partnership with the NA and increase multilateral collaboration to support Africa in addressing an evolving terrorism threat on the continent.