Abuja- Nigeria has announced plans to deploy more than 900 soldiers to maintain peace in crisis-torn Mali.
The 906 soldiers, who replace a team that was deployed in January, graduated at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC) in Jaji, near Kaduna this past weekend.
Addressing the soldiers, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Ahmed Jibrin, warned the troops to avoid trafficking of illicit drugs, as they embark on the trip and respect the cultural and religious sensitivity of the people of Mali.
Also speaking at the graduation ceremony, the head of African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) Monitoring Team, Major General Chinedu Ugwu, hailed Nigeria’s performance in Mali as excellent.
“The Nigerian Army has been performing very well and the host country, Mali is happy to have the Nigerian contingent. In fact, in the areas where the Nigerian troops are deployed, like Rere and Niara, the people are always happy with them, to the extent that they donate food items to them.
"They said they want Nigeria to be with them and that is why we have the Force Commander there. They are all happy and our performance is excellent, " he said.
- CAJ News