CAIRO, 9 February 2021 – Nigerian military authorities have asked to partner with Egyptian counterparts to battle jihadist militants of Boko Haram, according to a letter from Abuja to Cairo.
The letter from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was delivered to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi last January 27 by Nigerian Ambassador to Cairo, Joseph Kishi.
Nigeria says it would like to deepen cooperation in the security field, notably through the organization of joint training courses and in the exchange of technical expertise aimed at combating terrorism.
Cairo has also said Egypt plans to work with Nigeria in implementing major infrastructure projects, particularly road construction and power generation.
Egypt already supports Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram, notably through the establishment of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) regional anti-terrorism center, experts at the Middle East Forum for Strategic Studies said Tuesday.
“Nigeria receives security support training its forces on how to combat terrorism and track down extremist groups,” said Samir Ghattas, the leader of the Middle East Forum for Strategic Studies.
Some of the most recent deals signed between the two countries include Egyptian investment in communications and technology in Nigeria (signed last January 15), a military protection deal (signed in February 2020), and the setting up of a joint stock company for the production and manufacture of gasoline and natural gas cylinders in Nigeria.