A Nigerian Soldier identified as Mohammed Aminu Yakubu has received “The Legion of Merit” Award from the United States of America for his fight against extremism during his tenure as Defence Attaché.
Presenting the Award, The Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian stated he greatly improved Nigeria–U.S. military relations, resulting in increased U.S. support to Nigeria in the fight against violent extremism during his tenure as Defence Attaché.
He also mentioned that Yakubu coordinated 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 Defence Staff to the U.S. Africa Command in Germany.
The United States explained that the Legion of Merit is one of its military’s most prestigious awards honouring outstanding service and achievement.
“The Legion of Merit medal was authorised 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.