from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA – SOUTH African Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Lindile Yam, has advocated for use of negotiations instead of force to address the prevalence of terror groups.
He was speaking in Nigeria, the West African country beset by the Boko Haram that has killed thousands of civilians over the past decade.
Yam noted the reason armies existed was to ensure security and peace so their respective country’s economies could thrive.
“Anything outside these was out of tune with current realities,” he said at the National Defense College (NDC) in Abuja.
The Nigerian Army is engaged in a war against the Islamist Boko Haram group.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian and South African armies have pledged to expand cooperation to address contemporary security challenges.
Yam, and Nigerian colleague, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai, made the announcement following the meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
Yam said their resolve to strengthen issues of joint training and sharing intelligence platforms at both operational and tactical levels were part of the Nigerian/South African defence collaboration.
He said the collaboration would ensure conducive environments to bolster economic activities.
The two countries have the continent’s biggest economies.
Buratai said already, Nigeria had benefited from the joint military exercise with the South African army.
He noted that some military personnel had been trained in South Africa.
Currently, there is exchange of staff at both countries’ military institutions.
“Nigeria looks forward to a robust collaboration in the area of defence industry expansion,” Buratai said.
– CAJ News