Nigeria to deploy troops to Liberia again

Posted by News Express | 30 July 2017 | 2,220 times

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The Nigerian Army is to deploy 230 personnel, including 19 officers and 211 soldiers to Liberia, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai has said.

Speaking in Kaduna at the end of a a four-week intensive training on leadership and peacekeeping for the personnel, Buratai charged officers and men to shun acts that could tarnished Nigeria’s image.

“You must observe human rights, and respect the cultural and religious sensitives of Liberians,” he admonished. 

The Army chief said that since 1960, Nigeria had deployed over 20,000 troops to 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa and across the world.

Earlier, the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji was renamed Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre, in recognition of Gen. Agwai's commitment to peacekeeping efforts and excellent service.

The centre was established as a wing in 2004 by Agwai when he was the Chief of Army Staff.

Speaking, Agwai noted that peacekeeping was gradually becoming an intra-country issue with the military at the centre stage following internal conflicts such as ethnic, religious other crises.

He, however, noted that Nigeria had been involved in peacekeeping operations in Africa and the world at large, but had not reaped the economic and diplomatic benefits of such venture.

Agwai, who was also a Chief of Defence Staff, called on government and private-owned organisations to partner the centre in leadership training, conflict prevention and management in the quest to achieve enduring peace.

He thanked current and past leadership of the Army for the honour done him by naming the centre after him.

NAN reports that Agwai was also Deputy Force Commander, United Nations Peacekeeping Operation in Sierra Leone and Force Commander of African Union/United Nations Mission Hybrid Mission in Darfur.

He was later Special Adviser to Secretary-General of the UN. (NAN)

Source: News Express

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