The United States government Thursday officially handed over 24 mine-resistant armour-protected vehicles to the Nigerian army.
At a brief ceremony in Lagos, the US government said the donation was part of its commitment to assist Nigeria in its war against insurgency.
”For many years the Nigerian armed forces has been a strong partner of the United States,” said Patrick Doyle, a Colonel and the US Defence Attaché to Nigeria.
“We have asked for your support in many endeavours, in particular throughout West Africa and you have responded.
“I believe United States government security cooperation commitment is second to none. We have provided extensive training programmes, logistical supports, and equipment to the Nigerian armed forces and we will continue to do so.”
The armoured vehicles, which arrived the country on New Year day, were part of the US government’s Excess Defence Articles Programme, a programme designed to transfer excess US military equipment to partner nations.
Eight more of the vehicles are expected to arrive the country soon.
Mr. Doyle said half of the 24 vehicles are in good working condition but will need “minor work.”
“When the Nigerian army inspected the vehicles a few months back, they selected the best vehicles that they could find,” he said.