The Federal Government has ratified the implementation of the signed Bilateral Agreement between Nigeria and Niger Republic and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Nigeria and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Information Labaran Maku, while briefing pressmen after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, which was chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The ratification is part of ongoing efforts to stem the spate of terrorism in parts of the country.
In the agreement with Niger which was signed in October last year, it was agreed that the over 930 miles border between Nigeria and Niger will be patrolled by the two countries.
The Northern Nigerian states that share border with Niger Republic include: Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto and Kebbi. Borno also shares borders with Chad and Cameroun while Kebbi shares its border with Benin Republic.
A month before the agreement with Niger, the Federal Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strategic partnership with the UK to promote peace and security, trade and investment and migration.
The Minister of Information, who briefed alongside the two ministers of education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa?I and Ezenwo Nyesom Wike and the Minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed, said after thorough analysis and deliberations of the memo submitted by the Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada, Council ratified the bilateral agreements.
Both agreements according to him are aimed at military cooperation. A working document of FEC made available to pressmen stated that the defence cooperation with Niger was specifically, “aimed at providing mutual military support, security of their common borders, intervention assistance, military assistance, exchange of intelligence on internal and external security, joint military exercise and operations.?
?The MoU on bilateral military cooperation between Nigeria and UK is aimed at establishing a bilateral military cooperation within the framework of our competent authorities as defined in the national legislation.?
It added that the agreement also entails sharing of experiences, information and training, in addition to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, as well as cooperation in terms of logistic supply.
The Minister of State Defence, speaking to journalists in a separate interview reiterated that the declaration of the State of Emergency in three North-East States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe within the last three months had achieved positive results, particularly in checking the trend of violence brought by the activities of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
She also assured that all the insurgents who have so far been apprehended will soon be prosecuted.
?It has halted the threat to Nigeria’s unity. As you know the unity of this country is paramount and Mr. President as the leader of this country has ensured that the unity of this country is preserved and protected. If you will recall, you heard that the insurgents were already hoisting their flags all over some of the areas especially Borno,? she said.
She lauded the professionalism displayed by the military and other security forces of the country since the inception of the operation adding that the country was actually fighting an internal war.