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US Africa Command Strengthens US-Nigeria Collaboration

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L-R: The foreign policy advisor, Mr. Phillip Nelson; Defense Attaché, Colonel William Schaum; Chief of Defense training and operations, Maj. Gen. EV Onumajuru; Commander, U.S. Africa Command, Gen. Michael Langley; Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy, Abuja, David Greene; and Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Serg. Maj. Michael Woods during the US teams visit to Nigeria.

The United States Marine Corps has called for advanced cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, to help both nations counter violent extremism and address regional security in the region.

Calling for this collaboration during their visit to Nigeria between January 10 and 11, 2024, the commander of the U.S. Africa Command, Gen. Michael Langley and the command’s senior enlisted leader, Sgt. Maj. Michael Woods

 Both officials engaged with the chief of defense training and operations, Maj. Gen. EV Onumajuru discussing opportunities to bolster bilateral cooperation, counter violent extremism in the region, and address regional security. Langley reaffirmed the United States’ enduring partnership with Nigeria, emphasising the nation’s significance in Africa with the largest population, economy and democracy.

Langley emphasised the vital role of cooperation and training between the U.S. and Nigerian militaries in navigating the evolving security landscape in West Africa. “This visit underscores the United States’ commitment to work in partnership with West African nations in promoting security, stability and prosperity across the region,” he stated.

With extremist groups exploiting weak governance and environmental stressors, causing instability in West Africa, Langley highlighted the global threat posed by terrorism and humanitarian crises stemming from regional insecurity. U.S. Mission Nigeria Chargé d’Affaires David Greene emphasized the need for collaboration, including intelligence sharing and capacity building, to counter terrorism and foster security for economic growth.

Langley also took the opportunity to meet with Nigerian alumni of the embassy’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and other programmes, sharing his insights on leadership and learning about the achievements of the alumni. Additionally, he and Woods met with embassy diplomatic and military personnel, recognising several for their accomplishments.

The U.S. Africa Command is responsible for U.S. military operations and security cooperation in Africa, operates a three-dimensional approach, leveraging diplomacy, development and defense collaboration. The visit underscores the commitment to promoting regional security, stability and prosperity in West Africa.

For more information, visit the U.S. Africa Command website or contact U.S. Africa Command media relations at africom-pao-media@mail.mil.

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