Nigeria and Turkey sign military training agreement


Nigeria has signed a military training agreement with Turkey covering anti-piracy, humanitarian aid, peacekeeping support and other areas.

According to Turkey’s Official Gazette, published on 2 April, the agreement was signed in Ankara, Turkey.

It covers training cooperation, exchanges, exercise observation, joint exercises, military history, logistics, maritime security, personnel exchange, mapping and hydrography, special forces and special expertise courses such as explosive ordnance disposal.

The agreement is for five years, automatically extended for periods of one year unless terminated.

Turkey and Nigeria have continued to develop political and economic ties. In February the National Defence College Nigeria hosted a delegation from the Foreign Relations Department of the Turkey General Staff (TGS).

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Complex in Ankara last November, where the two leaders discussed bilateral and international issues ranging from education to anti-terrorism efforts.