Nigeria offered $7Million To Train Zimbabwean Cadets in mid-70s

Nigeria offered $7Million To Train Zimbabwean Cadets in mid-70s

As parts of Nigeria’s contribution to freedom and development in Africa, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe noted in an African Union Summit last year that Nigeria offers that her Organisation of African Union’s (OAU) contribution, which was suspended because of the civil war in the country for some time be paid to train Zimbabwean cadets.

The oldest President in the world also mentioned that Zimbabwean cadets were trained in Kaduna and Kano. In his word, “We use to go there. We knew Nigeria the way we knew our palms. That is what is called contribution”.

Further, he said: “We use to have lots of cadets train there. Nigeria gave in 1978 or 1977 when they had not been paid subscriptions to OAU… but when they decided to pay, it was now $7million, they said it must be used for the purposes of military training of Zimbabwean cadets”

The nonagenarian revealed that Major General Joseph Garba used to go to the places where our cadets were being trained. He applauded Nigeria’s pan-African generosity to Zimbabwean then as a major contribution.

In 1975, Major General Garba was appointed Nigeria’s foreign minister (Federal Commissioner for External Affairs) by Late General Murtala Mohammed and continued in this role under retired General Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ after the former was assassinated in 1976

Garba was the head of the Nigerian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly from 1975, culminating in his appointment as President of the United Nations Security Council in January 1978.

Garba was instrumental to lots of Nigeria’s diplomatic and developmental support of many African nations.

Research reveals that no nation in Africa has contributed up to half of what Nigeria has contributed to freedom and development in Africa.


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