Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 November 2012

Nigeria: 186 Soldiers for Guinea Bissau Peacekeeping Mission

Kaduna — One hundred and eighty six soldiers were yesterday deployed for the ECOWAS mission in Guinea Bissau. Addressing the first Nigerian troops to be deployed on peace keeping mission to Guinea Bissau in Jaji, Kaduna, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika, said Nigeria cannot afford to allow anarchy in any of its neighbouring countries.

"There has been crisis in Guinea Bissau following the military coup of April 12, which interrupted the presidential election. Nigeria cannot watch and allow the crisis to linger for too long as it could escalate and affect Nigeria", he said.

Represented by the General Officer Commanding, 1 Mechanized Division, Major General Garba A. Wahab, Ihejirika charged the men to work with security agents from other West African countries to restore peace in the country.

"You must be resolute in dealing with operational matters, while ensuring compliance with the rules of engagement and force protection measures. You must fight to ensure your safety and the safety of persons or property you are supposed to protect. Don't fall victims of mischief makers, who are out there to exploit peacekeepers", he said.

The troop is expected to leave Nigeria for Guinea Bissau before the end of the week.

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