Abuja — NIGERIA is seeking the cooperation of Japan in the area of science and technology, which is seen as key in modern military operations.
The discussions came as Nigeria Minister of Defence Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, paid a just-concluded courtesy call on the Japanese Defence Minister of State, Tomohiro Yamamoto, at Shinjuku-Ku in the capital Tokyo.
Dan-Ali is on an official visit to the Asian country.
"There is a lot the two countries could learn and benefit from each other," Dan-Ali said.
He highlighted some of the contributions of Nigeria on national security and peace-keeping operations in other parts of the world.
Yamamoto commended Nigeria's leading role in Africa, particularly in supporting regional cooperation on security and peacebuilding.
He agreed the two countries should initiate a defence cooperation that would serve humanity.
Nigeria is enduring a deadly threat posed by the Islamist insurgent group, Boko Haram.
The sect has killed at least 20 000 people and displaced over 2 million.