VOICE OF NIGERIA
21 May, 2013
The Nigerian troops sent to Mali for peacekeeping operations are to remain in Mali for now, contrary to speculations that they would be withdrawn to face the domestic crisis in the country. This was contained in a press statement by the Director Defence Information Brigadier General Chris Olukolade in Abuja.
There were media reports that Nigerian
troops were being withdrawn from Mali
to face the insurgency in some parts of
Northern Nigeria is not true. “The report therefore in a section of the press that Nigerian troops are to be withdrawn from Mali to face the ongoing insurgency is complete falsehood.’’
“There is certainly no need for such
action now as the human and material
resources of the Armed Forces of Nigeria
are being meticulously deployed and
quite able to meet its present internal
and external assignments.’’
Rotation of troops
The story of troop withdrawal from Mali
may have been brought about by the
rotation of troops in various missions
which is a normal practice in military circles, he said. The Defence spokesperson said this is a routine and should not be misunderstood or misrepresented to misinform Nigerians and the international community.
‘’As a matter of fact the normal and scheduled rotation of troops in various missions will continue.’’ ‘’This routine should not be misunderstood or misrepresented to misinform Nigerians and the international community.‘’These times are too sensitive for anyone to engage in unnecessary sensation, speculation or rumour mongering on military affairs please.’’ Nigerian troops are currently deployed for the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA)
Brigadier General Chris Olukolade
reassured Nigerians that the troops were capable of tackling the current challenge of insurgency in some parts of northern Nigeria.