Abuja - A conference co-hosted by the US military and aimed at boosting cooperation between military forces of countries fighting extremist groups opened in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Monday.
The summit, according to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, came about following the rising cases of insecurity which has become worrisome in the region.
Naija News learnt that the conference known as The African Land Forces Summit, is targeted at bringing together land force chiefs from across Africa for candid dialogue to improve security.
The first African Land Forces Summit is now underway at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton hotel, in Abuja.
Since then the USA has continued to increase its military presence on the African continent.
Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, the Islamic State group in the Sahel region and al-Shabaab in Somalia are all on the agenda of this Summit in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to run until April 19.
The Nigerian defense chief also said there was the need to acquire fighting capacity through training, intelligence sharing, and acquisition of equipment among the various armies, adding the summit might provide the continent's army chiefs with new ideas and ways to tackle the numerous challenges bordering on security and military professionalism.