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Nigeria readies troops for peacekeeping mission in Guinea Bissau

The Nigerian Army says the country is committed to maintenance of global peace and security.

Chief of Operations, Army headquarters, Major-General Oluwafemi Akinjobi said this during the pre-deployment training graduation of the Nigerian contingent to ECOWAS mission in Guinea Bissau, held at the Martin Luther Agwai International leadership and Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji, Kaduna State.

Represented by Major General Zakari Abubakar, the Chief of Operations stressed that Nigeria remained the beacon of peace and the gatekeeper of the ECOWAS sub-region.

He pointed to how Nigerian peacekeepers have helped restore peace in many conflict areas around the world, which, he said, have earned them many national and individual commendations from several missions.

Major-General Akinjobi said the nation continues to strive to ensure security and stability in Africa through collective security by contributing to International peace and security, which is essential to Nigeria’s defence policy.

Earlier, Commandant of the centre, Major-General Auwal Jibril Fagge said the aim of the pre-deployment training was to equip troops with requisite skills and knowledge to function effectively and efficiently during their deployment in Guinea Bissau.

He pointed out that the graduation was a testament to the capacity and capability of the centre as a United Nations accredited centre to train quality peacekeepers for deployment to multidimensional peace support operations in fulfillment of its mandate.

Major-General Fagge charged the troops to carry out their duties bearing in mind the multinational, as well as cultural and religious diversities of the operating environment, which underscores the need for courtesy and respect for others.

A total of 10 officers and 163 soldiers graduated after undergoing a four-week pre-deployment training.

Reporting by Usman Sani; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor