Nigeria-South African bilateral Relations

When two of Africa’s most powerful nations decides to come together, the whole of Africa is bound to benefit.


“We appreciate the South African defence industry – they are well advanced. This is an opportunity to look at various areas to improve defence procurement.” — Nigerian Army Cheif of Army Staff GEN. Tukur Buratai

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When two great and powerful country meets in disagreement, it’s a recipe for disaster and catastrophe, but when they unite, great things can be achieved quickly. Such is the case when the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff met with his South African Counterpart in Johannesburg.

Both countries are a  powerful hegemony in their various geological domain in Africa. Nigeria in West Africa while South Africa in Southern Africa.

Earlier this week, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai visited South Africa to promote bilateral relations. He was hosted by his counterpart Lieutenant General Yam Lindie SANDF.  He will also be hosted by the various South African service chief later this week.

The Nigerian CAS visited numerous South African defense companies such as Denel Land Systems, Rheinmetall Denel Munition facility. He hinted that Nigeria and South Africa should collaborate on developing its defense industry. He said specifically that;

“We appreciate the South African defence industry – they are well advanced. This is an opportunity to look at various areas to improve defence procurement.” — Nigerian Chief of Army Staff Gen. Tukur Buratai 

Both countries have been participating in training and exercises, such as Exercises Airborne Africa and Exercise Amani Africa, and will continue to do so – in April Nigeria will host the African Land Forces Summit 2018 along with US Army Africa.

He pointed out these areas that Nigeria is interested in;

  • Communications equipment
  • Logistics management,
  • Infantry fighting vehicles
  • artillery
  • Infantry equipment
  • And other equipment and solutions.

E Lionel

Techy, Futurist.