Nigeria and Turkey have some common problems regarding security. Turkey has a strong defence force that can partner with the Nigerian security forces to uncover the mischievous personalities sponsoring terrorism and other prime crimes across the six geopolitical zones of the country. Turkish security forces were able to push back militants that tried to smuggle into the country after the fall of Syria and other war-torn countries. The same level of professionalism can be applied to tackle the movement of Boko Haram across the neighbouring countries.
Both Nigeria and Turkey have experience in dealing with terrorists. Nigeria is able to degrade the influence and power of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast. Troops recovered more territories from the insurgents as a result of their renewed efforts and strategies.
The visit by the Turkish president came at the right time. The professional Turkish intelligence agencies were able to uncover a plot to overthrow the government of Turkey. This is the kind of proactive intelligence agencies Nigeria needs to associate with in order to defeat domestic challenges such as terrorist financiers, logistics suppliers, and arms dealers who smuggle weapons to insurgents despite measures put in place by the Customs to tackle smuggling across Nigerian borders.
President Erdogan of Turkey has stressed the need for this collaboration during his recent meeting with his Nigeria's counterpart. The Turkish president added that those who attempted to overthrow his government are still living illegally in Nigeria. This further suggests that the two countries must collaborate to fish out those sponsoring terrorism and other violent crimes.
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Turkey is a strategic development partner that every African country will rush to collaborate with. The Nigerian government's commitment and dedication to resolving the security challenges in the country are commendable. This is perhaps what attracted the government of Turkey.
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