The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has offered to support Mozambique in its fight against Islamist insurgents.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama made this known during a visit to Mozambique over the weekend, where he met Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, according to BBC.
Onyeama said Nigeria was willing to share its experience in fighting Islamist militants and provide support to Mozambique.
The insurgency in Cabo Delgado has been ongoing largely between Islamist militants attempting to establish an Islamic state in the country, and Mozambican security forces.
The minister’s visit was a stop in his diplomatic tour to Southern African countries to garner support as Nigeria seeks to lead the peace and security council of the African Union (AU).
Other countries lobbying for this position include, Tanzania, South Africa and Burkina. The elections are slated to hold later this week, at the AU’s summit.
The BBC cited figures from the International Committee of the Red Cross places deaths at over 2,000 people have been killed and more than 500,000 others displaced in the violence.
The militant group’s official name is Ahlu Sunnah wa-l-Jama’ah (ASWJ), but it is now referred to internationally as the Islamic State in Mozambique.