Burkina Faso is consulting with the Nigerian Military over counter-terrorism measures. Senior Col. David Kadre, the Chief of Defence Staff for Burkina Faso, met Gen. Lucky Irabor, his Nigerian counterpart, over the weekend in Abuja and asked for guidance to combat counter-terrorism.
He mentioned that in addition to speaking on the security situation in the West African sub-region, he was also in Nigeria to attend the National Defence College’s Course 30 participants’ recent graduation ceremony.
“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.
In order to combat the problems posed by terrorism and insurgency, Kadre emphasised the necessity of closer military cooperation between Nigerian and Burkinabe forces.
Irabor urged greater coordination between the armed forces of West Africa to combat regional insecurity.
He sent his congratulations to Kadre, a Nigerian National Defence College (NDC) alumnus, on his new position.
Irabor reiterated his commitment to exchanging ideas with the guest and expressed Nigeria’s pride in the appointment of a former NDC student as Burkina Faso’s defense minister.
“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’s why I’m delighted to receive you and to also let you know that we shall share our experiences.
“We’ll indeed take action that’ll ensure that we redress all issues together and ensure that we stamp out every form of terrorism within our sub-region,’’ he said.