US honors Nigerian soldier for His part in the fight against extremism


August 31 2021

The U.S has honored Air Vice Marshall Mohammed Aminu Yakubu, for his contribution to the fight against violent extremism.

The Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian presented Yakubu with the “The Legion of Merit” awarded by the 27th U.S. Secretary of Defense on Monday, August 30.

While presenting the award to Yakubu, Harrigian said that he greatly improved Nigeria-U.S. military relations, which results in increased U.S. support to Nigeria in the fight against violent extremism during his tenure as Defense Attaché,

He said that AVM Yakubu had also organized with various U.S. government agencies for the first visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the United States, as well as the first-ever visit of a Nigerian Chief of Defense Staff to the U.S. Africa Command in Germany.

He said Yakubu’s advocacy and leadership were helpful in the acquisition of the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft being inducted on Aug. 31 by the Nigerian Air Force.

He added that Yakubu’s superior effort, outstanding leadership, and personal initiative reflect great credit upon himself, the Nigerian Air Force, and his country.

The United States explained that the Legion of Merit is one of its military’s most prestigious awards honoring outstanding service and achievement. “The Legion of Merit medal was authorized by Congress in 1942 to award members of the Armed Forces for exceptionally meritorious conduct and outstanding service,” the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria explained.

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