NIGERIA/ETHIOPIA BOOST PARTNERSHIP ON CROSS-BORDER CRIMES
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd); Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, Samia Zekaria Gutu
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), has expressed Nigeria’s willingness to deepen relations with Ethiopia in curtailing cross-border illegal activities and devising means of contending with the consequences of climatic change.
The Minister stated this in Abuja when he received the Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, Samia Zekaria Gutu.
He said that the need for a deeper relationship between the two countries became necessary given their similar experiences, especially security challenges, adding that a closer bond would be of mutual benefit to them in tackling their challenges.
Gen. Dambazau noted that Nigeria and Ethiopia needed to share experiences and lend support to each other in order to heighten their capability in handling their security and other challenges.
Speaking earlier, the Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, Samia Zekaria Gutu, said Ethiopia would appreciate a more robust relationship with Nigeria and called for the sharing of experiences and intelligence, as the two countries are pitched against similar forces and challenges.
The Ambassador commended Nigeria’s effort in fighting Boko Haram, adding that Ethiopian faced a similar challenge in fighting Al-Shabaab.
She listed experiences the two countries have in common to include keeping peace missions in other countries, battling terrorism, contending with climatic change and a high commitment to the integration process in Africa, emphasizing that Nigeria and Ethiopia have a lot in common.
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd) flanked on the RIGHT by Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, Samia Zekaria Gutu; a Counselor from the Ethiopian Embassy, Alemu Ayele Gesuma, and on the LEFT by Director (PRS), Stella Toluwase