FG says U.S. obtained Nigeria’s permission to rescue her citizen

FG says U.S. obtained Nigeria’s permission to rescue her citizen

The minister of defence, Bashir Magashi, has said that the United States Army got Nigeria’s permission to rescue its citizen in northern Nigeria,

He said this to journalists at the National Assembly on Tuesday, shortly after the ministry’s budget defence.

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The US SEAL Team Six, rescued Philip Walton, a 27-year- old held hostage in Nigeria.

Magashi said, “The United States of America contacted the Nigerian government to undertake that operation. There is nothing wrong with a friendly nation taking permission to conduct an operation which is for the mutual good of the countries. That is why we allowed it to happen.”

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When asked how Nigeria has been able to exploit the friendliness between both countries to fight the insurgency, he said such information is confidential.

“It is something that can be discussed later. It is not meant for the consumption of the public. To be honest but certainly, we are making efforts and they have been helping us greatly in areas where we have difficulties and we are still asking for more,” he said.

The minister also blamed the lack of modern equipment by the Nigerian military on some advanced countries that he said were trying to block Nigeria from owning some technologies to fight insurgency.

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