A memorandum of intent to further their bilateral defence cooperation was signed by the governments of Nigeria and Indonesia on Tuesday in Abuja. Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), the minister of defence, was represented at the event at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters by Permanent Secretary Ibrahim Kana.
Kana signed on behalf of the nation, and Dr. Hustra Harahap, the ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria, also added his signature. The agreement aims to advance defence cooperation in conformity with the two countries’ current legal and regulatory frameworks.
The agreement covers the sharing of intelligence, the interchange of senior operational officers, the advancement of education and training, and the promotion of military industry. The five-person Indonesian delegation received assurances from Kana that Nigeria is prepared to lead the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The PS praised the long-standing strong ties between Nigeria and Indonesia, two G-30 and G-8 members with mutual interests. Harahap told Nigeria in his speech that his nation will do all in its power to uphold the terms of the inked agreement.
The Director of Joint Services for the Ministry, Olu Mustapha, the Director of Medical Services, Dr. Olajide Johnson, the Director of Press, Victoria Agba-Atta, and the Special Adviser for Technical Affairs, Major General Ahmed Tijani Jibrin (rtd), were present. Colonel Otlow Resalino, the Defence Attache; Mrs. Tuty Dityawanty, the Minister Counsellor; Fahmi Aris, the Chancery; and Farouk Hashim, the Secretary, made up the ambassador’s staff.