Vanguard (Lagos)

14 January 2013

Nigeria to Deploy Troops to Mali

Photo: HCR/Y.Djigo
Malians fleeing fighting in the north.

Abuja — Nigerian troops will be deployed to Mali where militants have launched an insurgent attack on the northern part of the country and are threatening to over run the state capital Bamako.

President Goodluck Jonathan who stated this in Abuja, Monday, said Nigerian troops will be deployed before next week to Mali to help restore peace to that country.

He stated this when he hosted members of the diplomatic corps resident in Nigeria to cocktail Monday evening.

According to him, all hands must be on deck to fight extremism as no country knows when it will be her turn.

"We are confronted presently with a situation in Mali, let me assure you and the global community that as a nation we will work with other nations to make sure that the problem in Mali is solved.

"Already our technical team are already in Mali so definitely the Nigerian troops will be in Mali before next week.

"Of course we members of ECOWAS are meeting this weekend. Our expectation is that by next week most other ECOWAS countries that pledged troops would have sent them so that our men will be on ground to assist Mali to liberate the country.

"We can no longer surrender any part of the globe to extremism, because it doesn't pay and we don't know the next victim. We must collectively discourage individuals or group of individuals that will take laws in to their hands and make the world a place that is not safe for all of us".

President Jonathan expressed his appreciation to all the heads of governments that stood by Nigeria during her trying times of floods, Dana and Helicopter crashes, terrorism attacks, the death of his younger brother and other tragedies.

"I want to through you thank your heads of governments for standing with us at our various challenges and difficult moments. During the floods, the terrorism attacks, the air mishaps of Dana and the helicopter crashes and when I lost my brother.

"I also want to thank them for the support and goodwill for my administration last year and I look forward to work for our mutual benefits.

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