Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Written by Maryam Ahmadu-Suka Kaduna
General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Lagos, Major General Abel Obi Umahi yesterday charged all the 700 troops deployed on a peacekeeping mission to Liberia to be resolute in dealing with operational matters while ensuring compliance with the mission’s rules of engagement and force protection measures.
Addressing the 242 Batallion officers and men at the graduation ceremony of their pre-deployment training at NAPKC yesterday, also warned the troops to exercise utmost care while they are with the locals in the host country.
While noting that the Nigeria is the largest troop contributing country to the United Nation’s Mission in Liberia, the GOC who was represented by Brigadier General Adeniyi Oyebade warned the troops to stay away from anything that can ridicule the good image of the country built over the years.
“Nigerian Army will not accept any situation where its troops are found wanting; hence the need for effective leadership at all levels. Your success in the mission area will justify the enormous resources and time spent on your training. “It is also vital to draw your attention to the United Nations’ zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse. As the mission draws down, many locals look for avenues to exploit unwary peacekeepers and by extension the United Nations”, he said.