2,000 NIGERIAN ARMY PEACEKEEPERS AWAITING DEPLOYMENT; OVER 900 COPS DEPLOYED ON PEACEKEEPING UN, AU AND ECOWAS OPERATIONS

Nigerian peacekeepers on pre-deployment training at the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji

Nigerian peacekeepers on pre-deployment training at the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji

DAILY TRUST
30 May, 2013

About 2000 Nigerian peacekeepers are waiting to be deployed to trouble spots in foreign countries for peacekeeping missions, the commandant of the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Major General Saliu Z. Uba, has said.

Uba disclosed this yesterday in Abuja during the celebration of this year’s International Day for UN Peacekeepers at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR). “We have over 2000 peacekeepers who have completed training at the centre waiting to be deployed for peacekeeping operations,” he said.

Speaking earlier, Cornelius K. Aderanti, Commissioner of Police and Director, Directorate of Peacekeeping Nigeria Police, said that there are over nine hundred officers currently participating in UN, AU and ECOWAS peacekeeping missions under different missions in many countries.

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5 Responses to 2,000 NIGERIAN ARMY PEACEKEEPERS AWAITING DEPLOYMENT; OVER 900 COPS DEPLOYED ON PEACEKEEPING UN, AU AND ECOWAS OPERATIONS

  1. G8T Nigeria says:

    Good news, strenght in men and material.

  2. ifiok umoeka says:

    G8T bro , i roger that. this is good news indeed. we have to keep this up

  3. Yagazie says:

    Nice one. It shows are millitary are flexible and expandng – ever ready to meet contemporary challenges.

    Going off on another tangent- I read an article on Defence Web website which made me smile….. A 3000 strong UN Intervention Brigade composed of Tanzanian, South-African and Malawian troops has been approved for deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to deal with the threat posed by the Rebel group- M23. it seems the South Africans are upset and feel slighted because choice of the brigade’s command has gone to Tanzania, whilst the overall U.N millitary leadership in Congo has gone to a Brazillian General. This has led to some discussion over whether South Africa- keen to flex its regional muscles- might pull out in protest.
    To quote a South African Defence analyst …”it seems there was a lot of horse trading going on at the United Nations, rather than choosing the appropriate person” .
    It made me smile because one would have thought that based on their ‘poor showing’ in the CAR, the South Africans should not expect to be given command of a brigade over more experienced /exposed Tanzanian troops. Someone should please tell the South Africans that “Affirmative Action” does not apply to UN peace keeping operations. Command appointments are based solely on Merti!!

  4. freeegulf says:

    gen yagazie, so who has the experience? tanzania? from which conflict? for kicking amin in ’78 lol
    the tanzanians still havent gotten over that, its still about, ‘we took out amin’. let them give it a rest. they presently do not have much contemporary experience in warfare (they do have a considerable heavy cannon pool though) and counter guerrilla warfare is even more demanding than classical warfare.

    this whole UN intervention plot reeks of murky politics. M23 isn’t the only armed non state actor in eastern DRC. there are other marauding militias marauding kivu, so is this UN force designed only to curb M23? it sure points to that direction.

    the conflict in eastern congo is quite complicated, fighting the tutsi rebels isn’t the answer for peace. the politics of settlers versus ‘indigene’ in kivu and even the Kinshasa’s dysfunction isn’t helping.
    i really don’t see them curtailing the violence unless there’s a comprehensive peace/military approach rather than targeting just M23.
    and why are the intervening parties so eager to deploy in kivu? the congo is such a dynamic and complicated place.

  5. ifiok umoeka says:

    This war has been on in different forms since 1960. Its always been about minerals. Period

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