Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd.), has
insisted that last weekend’s rescue operation by the United States special
forces on Nigerian soil, was not a violation of the country’s sovereignty.
Magashi said that the Nigerian government granted the US required permission to carry out the military operation.
Law Reporters had reported that the United States Special Military Force successfully rescued an American citizen kidnapped by bandits in the northern part of Nigeria on Saturday.
In an interview with newsmen shortly after he defended his Ministry’s budget at the Senate on Tuesday, Magashi described the United States “as a friendly country”.
He ruled out theories that the United States might have violated the Nigeria’s sovereignty.
Magashi said the country was doing the best it could with what is available to the military to deploy adequate technology in its operations.