ABUJA– The top brass of African armies will converge in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, next week for the African Land Forces Summit, which is being hosted by the Nigerian army in conjunction with the United States Army’s African Command (USARAF), under the theme, Unity Is Strength: Combating Africa’s Security Challenges.

Nigerian Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, said here Wednesday that 5tthe four-day meeting will afford military leaders of African countries the opportunity to strengthen existing relationships, develop new ways of tackling security challenges on the continent and further facilitate co-operation.

As you are all aware, the Nigerian Army is constantly carrying out training activities and updating its personnel in line with its constitutional role to aid civil authority in combating terrorism, armed banditry, kidnapping, cultism, civil unrest, ethno-religious crises as well as other security challenges. The increased incidents of these challenges bedevilling the nation in recent times have become worrisome, Buratai said.

It is pertinent to also state that, the United States military, through the auspices of the African Command (AFRICOM) holds annual conferences called the African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) with allied countries. The last ALFS 2017 was held in Malawi.”

Buratai added that the forum would afford participating countries the avenue to share experiences on global terrorism and forge common approaches to combating transnational threats and crimes such as small arms proliferation and terrorism.

The summit is the single largest gathering of African senior military leaders on the continent. It also affords them the opportunity to interact with the aim of strengthening existing relationships and developing new ones.