The Nigerian Government has offered to support Mozambique in its fight against Islamic insurgents in the gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, visited Mozambique over the weekend and met Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário.
Mr Onyeama said Nigeria was ready to share its experience of fighting Islamist militants and provide support to Mozambique.
More than 2,000 people were reported to have been killed and more than 500,000 others displaced in the violence, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
But observers question as to whether it is best placed for Nigeria to offer assistance to another country, given the continued insecurity in Nigeria.
Mr Onyeama’s visit was part of a diplomatic tour to southern Africa countries to mobilise support for Nigeria’s bid to chair the peace and security council of the African Union (AU).
Tanzania, South Africa and Burkina Faso are also vying for the seat .
Elections will be held during AU’s summit scheduled for later this week.