President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in New York thanked the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for its support to Nigeria’s campaign against terrorism and insurgency with the donation of military hardware and the pledge to further supply helicopters.
Speaking during a bilateral meeting with King Abdullah II shortly after his address to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Buhari said the very expensive donation of about 200 Armoured Fighting Vehicles reflected true concern for Nigeria’s security situation and genuine goodwill towards a friendly nation.
He also reassured King Abdullah of Nigeria’s commitment towards the proposed Aqaba Process with countries in the region, as well as Nigeria’s willingness to play a leading role in bringing together countries in the West African sub-region into the collective security arrangement.
The Jordanian King had earlier informed the Nigerian President that his Government was in the process of opening an embassy in Abuja in the next few months, and appreciated the support being extended to his country by the Nigerian government in this regard.
He told President Buhari that his National Security Adviser would soon be working out the finer details of the Aqaba Process with his Nigerian counterpart.
President Buhari was accompanied to the bilateral meeting; the third of its kind since the inception of the current administration, by Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd), and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof. Tijjani Bande.