The Federal Government has stated that the recent rescue operation by the United States special forces on Nigerian soil was not a violation of the country’s sovereignty.
The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd.), made this known on Tuesday during an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
While dismissing speculations that the United States might have violated Nigeria’s sovereignty Magashi disclosed that the Nigerian government granted the US necessary permission to carry out the military operation.
He said Nigeria gave permission to the United States “as a friendly country” almost as soon as it was contacted by the government.
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Magashi said the country was doing the best it could with what was available to the military to deploy adequate technology in its operations.
The minister, however, said that Nigeria would explore the current partnership with the United States to tackle insurgency in the country
It will be recalled that US special operations forces on Saturday rescued an American citizen taken hostage by armed in Niger and held captive in northern Nigeria.
According to a statement issued by pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, “U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men. This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State. No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation,”
“We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation. The United States will continue to protect our people and our interests anywhere in the world,” the statement declared.