Bu­ratai: Nige­rian Army to De­ploy 230 Per­son­nel to Liberia

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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 four-week in­ten­sive train­ing on lead­er­ship and peace­keep­ing for the per­son­nel, Bu­ratai charged them to shun acts that could tar­nish Nige­ria’s im­age.

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

The army chief said since 1960, Nige­ria has 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 his com­mit­ment to peace­keep­ing ef­forts and ex­cel­lent service.

The cen­tre was es­tab­lished in 2004 by Ag­wai as a Wing 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 has been in­volved in peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions in Africa and the world at large, but had not re­peat 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 on 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.

Ag­wai was for­mer Deputy Force Com­man­der, United Na­tions Peace­keep­ing Op­er­a­tion in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Chief of Army Staff, Nige­rian Army, Force Com­man­der of African Union/ United Na­tions Mis­sion Hy­brid Mis­sion in Dar­fur (UNAMID).

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