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Nigerian Army, ICRC partner to enhance access to humanitarian aid for victims of conflicts

*The Nigerian Army says its partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross will involve strengthening respect for global humanitarian laws and expand the frontiers of peace and stability in the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In line with the international humanitarian laws, the Nigerian Army (NA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have decided to strengthen partnership on security and humanitarian assistance in troubled areas across the West African country.

Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, disclosed this development in a statement issued Wednesday, January 31, 2024, in Abuja, FCT.

The Army stated the partnership would involve strengthening respect for international humanitarian laws towards expanding the frontiers of peace and stability in Nigeria.

The statement also said that the NA commitment was reinforced Wednesday when the Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, received the ICRC  delegation in Nigeria.

Mr. Yann Bonzon led the ICRC delegation to the Army Headquarters, in Abuja.

Speaking during the visit, Bonzon said the humanitarian organisation was committed to providing needed assistance in conflict zones as being done in Nigeria’s North-East, where troops had been conducting operations in the past years.

The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) has performed its responsibilities in different parts of the country through cordial working relationship with the Nigerian Army, said he.

The ICRC leader urged for the sustenance of the existing collaboration between the two organisations.

Lagbaja appreciated the ICRC for its commitment to provision of humanitarian aid to improve the living condition of victims of conflicts in Nigeria.

According to the COAS, the Nigerian Army has codified its protocol being employed as teaching guides for Army personnel to imbibe the knowledge and application of International Humanitarian Laws in the conduct of operations.

He also noted ICRC package is being taught in all Army institutions for Non-Commissioned Officers, Senior Non- Commissioned Officers and junior officers in order to ensure that they understand the expectations and weight placed on them to meet international best practice.

The Army Chief commended the ICRC for its collaboration in the areas of training and medical assistance, among others.

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