United States Honors a Nigerian Military Officer

AVM Muhammed Yakubu has been awarded “The Legion of Merit” by the United States.

On Monday, Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, Commander, US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, presented Yakubu with the “Legion of Merit” granted by the 27th US Secretary of Defense.

On Monday, AVM Yakubu was presented with the medal in recognition of his outstanding service as the Nigerian Defence and Air Attaché to the United States.

During his term as Defence Attaché, Harrigian noted that Yakubu significantly enhanced Nigeria-US military relations, leading in increased US support for Nigeria in the battle against violent extremism.

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He added that AVM Yakubu collaborated with several US government agencies for President Muhammadu Buhari’s first visit to the US, as well as a Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff’s first visit to the US Africa Command in Germany.

He added Yakubu’s efforts and leadership were crucial in the Nigerian Air Force’s acquisition of the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, which was inducted on Aug. 31.

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He went on to say that Yakubu’s excellent work, leadership, and personal initiative reflect well on himself, the Nigerian Air Force, and his country.

The Legion of Merit is one of the most prestigious decorations in the United States military, honoring exemplary service and a commitment to the country.

Congress authorized the medal in 1942 to honor personnel of the United States Armed Forces, as well as military and political figures from other countries, for especially meritorious conduct and remarkable service.

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