Blesstal records that The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd.), has said the recent rescue operation by the United States special forces on Nigerian soil was not a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

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He said the Nigerian government granted the US necessary permission to carry out the military operation.

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The United States Special Military Force, over the weekend, successfully rescued an American citizen kidnapped by bandits in the northern part of Nigeria.

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In an interview with journalists shortly after he defended his Ministry’s budget at the Senate on Tuesday, the minister said Nigeria gave permission to the United States “as a friendly country” almost as soon as it was contacted by the government.

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He ruled out theories that the United States might have violated Nigeria’s sovereignty.

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Magashi said the country was doing the best it could with what is available to the military to deploy adequate technology in its operations.

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The minister, however, said that Nigeria would explore the current partnership with the United States to tackle insurgency in the country

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