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We approved U.S. special forces rescue operation in Nigeria – FG



The Federal Government has said it approved the rescue operation carried out by the US Special Forces for a kidnapped American held in Nigeria at the weekend.

The operation, according to FG, was not a violation of Nigeria’s sovereignty.

Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) on Tuesday clarified that Nigeria was aware and approved of the hostage rescue operation.

He spoke while fielding questions from reporters after defending the Ministry of Defence 2021 Budget estimates before the Senate Committee on Defence, in Abuja.

Magashi said that the Nigerian government granted the United States permission to operate in the country being a “friendly country.”

Defence Minister 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.”

Also, responding to questions on the need for the Nigerian military to deploy sophomore technology in the fight against insecurity; Magashi said Nigeria is handicapped at the moment by some “so-called developed countries who want the country to remain the way it is and keep running to them for help.”

He however said the country was doing the best it can with what is available to the military.

The Minister further said that Nigeria will explore the current partnership with the United States to tackle insurgency in the country.

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