The President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan , has urged Pakistan to assist Nigeria in the capacity building of the nation’ s defence industry .
Lawan , according to a statement by his media office , stated on Friday while receiving in audience a delegation of the Senate of Pakistan .
Members of the Pakistani are in Nigeria to solicit support for the candidature of the Chairman of the Pakistani Senate for the Presidency of the Inter – Parliamentary Union .
Lawan solicited Pakistan ’ s support in the area of training and supply of weapons to the Nigerian Armed Forces to fight insurgency and other security challenges .
He said , “ But one area that I think we need to sustain collaboration and partnership is in the area of helping Nigeria to build our defence industry .
“ We started together in the 70 s . For some reasons, we are still struggling to get stronger in the area of manufacturing or producing our needed defence weapons .
“ But you have gone higher . We need to learn a lot from you in that respect. We have the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria located in Kaduna .
“ They are still working hard to see how they can start producing the kind of weapons that we need in Nigeria. It ’ s going to take a while but I believe that you will graciously help us build the capacity of the people working in that place . ”
The Senate President said the friendship between Pakistan and Nigeria which dated back to Nigeria ’s independence in 1960 had transformed into a brotherhood .
“ In all international fora, Pakistan and Nigeria have always been on the same side. Pakistan has been quite supportive of Nigeria in all ramifications .