- The commander of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF), Maj.-Gen. Yousef Al-Hnaity has arrived Nigeria
- He arrived Nigeria four days after Jordan donated 200 armoured vehicles to fight terrorism
- The director of public relations and information, Nigerian Air force, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the visit was to further explore areas of collaboration between RJAF and NAF
The commander of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF), Maj.-Gen. Yousef Al-Hnaity, on Sunday, September 24 arrived in Nigeria on a week-long working visit to Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
The director of public relations and information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said in Abuja that the visit was to further explore areas of collaboration between RJAF and NAF.
Nigerian Air Force chiefs had visited Jordan in August to initiate collaboration between RJAF and NAF.
“The visit to RJAF was fruitful, leading to a promise to provide necessary military assistance and training to NAF.
“While in Nigeria, the top military officer from Jordan will pay a courtesy call on the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, and the CAS, all in Abuja.
“He will also visit several NAF bases including the ones in Kaduna State and Lagos State, as well as interact with NAF frontline pilots in Maiduguri and Yola,” the statement by NAF said.
The statement expressed optimism that Nigeria would benefit greatly from the visit, particularly in area of capacity building for NAF pilots and aircraft engineers who could train with their Jordanian counterparts.
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It noted that Jordan shared similar security challenges with Nigeria as well as experiences that would impact positively on the global efforts to deal with terrorism (NAN)
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, September 19, thanked the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for its support to Nigeria’s campaign against terrorism and insurgency with the donation of military hardware and pledge to further supply helicopters.
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