From Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Chief of Defence Staff(CDS), General Lucky Irabor, has called stronger collaboration between the armed forces in the West African sub-region to deal with insecurity.
Gen. Irabor, made this known when received the Burkinabe Chief of Defence Staff, Senior Col. David Kadre in his office at Defence Headquarters, in Abuja.
Kadre, is in Abuja to attend the graduation ceremony of participant of Course 30, of the National Defence College.
The CDS, who congratulated the Burkinabe defence chief, who is also an alumnus of the NDC, said that Nigeria was proud to have an alumnus of NDC becoming the defence chief of Burkina Faso.
The CDS, who assured him of cooperation of the Nigerian armed forces, promised to to share experiences with him on how the two countries had been tackling insecurity.
He said “No doubt the West African sub-region is experiencing the menace of terrorism and insurgency and we understand that to address this scourge, there has to be collaboration of all countries within the sub-region.
“That is why I am delighted to receive you and to also let you know that we shall share our experiences.
“We will indeed take action that will ensure that we redress all issues together and ensure that we stamp out every form of terrorism within our sub-region,’’ he said.
Kadre, said he was in Nigeria to attend the graduation of the Course 30 of NDC Nigeria and used the opportunity to visit Irabor to tap from his wealth of experience.
Kadre said he also visited to seek advice on his new appointment and to also present the security situation in the West African sub-region.
He reiterated the need for deeper collaboration between Nigerian and Burkinabe armed forces to address the challenges of terrorism and insurgency.
“I came also regarding terrorism and insurgency in our countries so as to seek your advice and experience since Nigeria is engaged in fighting this scourge,” he said.