(TRANSLATED from French)
4 February, 2013
The Chief of Staff of the Nigerian Armed
Forces, Admiral Ola Saad Ibrahim performed on Thursday, January 31, an
inspection of the Nigerian troops MISMA
(International Mission Support Malian
army) based in Niger and Mali. He was accompanied by National Security
Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dassuki and the
Director General of Security, Ambassador
In Niger, the first stage of his journey,
Admiral Ola Saad Ibrahim, visited elements of the Nigerian Air Force based in this country on behalf of the
MISMA. It is then around 11 o’clock in the morning of Thursday, January 31, this important delegation of the Nigerian armed forces landed at the International Airport of Bamako, Sénou. Admiral Ola Saad Ibrahim was received by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Mali, His Excellency Ali Iliya Dunya Nuhu, who had at his side the MISMA Commander,General Shehu Usman Abdul Kadir.
Immediately after, the delegation was taken to the Air Base 101 Sénou where the Admiral met the elements of the Nigerian Army. Then the delegation visited Banamba where Admiral Ola Saad Ibrahim also met Malian troops
deployed in this sector.
At the Air Base 101 like in Banamba, Admiral Ola Saad Ibrahim first ensured that the morale was good, before they addressing the troops, in very clear terms: “Be good ambassadors of Nigeria.In Sierra Leone, we encountered many difficulties which we will avoid here. You are only fluent in the English
language, you must demonstrate
professionalism. You are full of knowledge and possess very long experience in the field of conflict. You have a challenge and you must face it. ” The speech was followed attentively and applauded by valiant elements of the Nigerian Army.
The visit of Admiral Ola Saad Ibrahim
falls in line with the presence of the Nigerian armed forces in Mali. In contrast to the other African countries, Nigeria, demonstrated goodwill by its early presence in Sévaré and during attacks by armed groups on Kona, with a unit of technicians from the Air Force.
Today, there are more than 200 personnel of the Nigerian armed forces who have been deployed in Banamba.Since the beginning of the political crisis
and to ensure that our country is safe, the sister republic of Nigeria has continued to pay particular attention to Mali.
This was demonstrated by the posting of a Defence Attaché to the Nigerian diplomatic mission at Bamako, and equally remarkably, the recent visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to our country.