Jordan to support Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram


The fight against terrorism is a global affair. Engaged against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the Kingdom of Jordan has pledged support to a distant state faced with the same threats of insurgency and terrorism, Nigeria.

During a one-week visit to the African country in late September, Major General Yousef Al-Hnaity, Commander of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, reiterated Amman’s commitment to provide support for the Nigerian Air Force, including the supply of vehicle spare parts, logistic services and training of Nigerian pilots and technicians at the King Hussein Air College.

Nigerian counterpart Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar visited Jordan in August to initiate this collaboration, allowing three Nigerian pilots to be trained, and a new contingent will soon depart for Jordan.

The Jordanian government is involved in the global fight against terrorism through the Aqaba Process, high-level meetings between leaders and representatives from around the world to coordinate counterterrorism efforts on the basis of a “comprehensive approach that sees terrorism as a global threat not restricted to Syria and Iraq”. Representatives from East African nations such as Uganda, Kenya and Somali have already attended and Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, retired Major-General Babagana Monguno was present at the third Aqaba Process at the invitation of King Abdullah II of Jordan in January 2016.

During the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 20 September, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari met with the king for the third time since he came into office in 2015. On this occasion Jordan donated 200 Armoured Fighting Vehicles (IFV) to Nigeria and pledged to further supply helicopters.

IFVs seem to be much-needed assets for Nigeria, as the country ordered 177 armoured vehicles in June from Canadian firm Streit Group, a deal which includes Typhoon and Spartan armoured personnel carriers (APC). 10 Spartan Mk 3s were already bought in 2014.

At the institutional level, Jordan’s government has decided to open an embassy in Abuja “in the next few months” and to hold the first Aqaba Process for Nigeria and sister countries within the sub-region in late November or early December 2017, extending Amman’s ambitious plan to place itself as a global anti-terror centre for West Africa. By working on a similar arrangement with Jordan with neighbouring countries, such as Cameroun, Chad and Niger, Nigeria expects to enhance its operational capabilities through ever closer cooperation.

Written by ADIT – The Bulletin and republished with permission.