The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) observed that it understands the complex nature of the Nigerian society and appreciate the numerous security challenges confronting it. This was made known by the Deputy Head of Delegation, ICRC Abuja, Mr Jean-Francois Quigner during a courtesy visit by members of the committee to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja.
Mr Francois Quigner appreciated the efforts of the Nigerian state towards achieving peace through the use of various peace and conflict resolution strategies such as dialogue.
He also said that the purpose of the visit to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre was to know the mandate, vision and mission of the Centre and to seek possible areas of collaboration. He further pledged that the International Committee of the Red Cross is willing to collaborate with the Centre on training, doctrine, revision and organizing of seminars in order to advance the vision and mission of both organizations.
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Earlier in his remark, the Executive Director Nigerian Army Consult, Maj Gen IM Yusuf who received the delegation, said he was delighted at the visit of the envoy to the Centre. He informed the ICRC team that the Centre which was commissioned in August, 2015 was established to serve as a Think-Tank on issues of defence and national security for the Nigerian Army and the nation at large.
Gen Yusuf stated further that, the Centre achieves its mandate by organizing seminars, workshops, conferences and provision of consultancy services. Others are: publication of journals, capacity building of Nigerian Army personnel and other members of the Armed Forces and sister security agencies in the country.
The envoy was later conducted on a guided tour of the Centre to acquaint them with a collection of the military artifacts and other objects of historical importance. Both organizations later pledged to work out modalities and build on possible areas of collaboration on future engagements.