Nigeria to deploy 800 soldiers in Darfur for peacekeeping
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai said Nigeria would deploy 800 soldiers to the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).Buratai made the disclosure yesterday at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre during the graduation of 755 soldiers and 45 officers that participated in the pre-deployment training in Jaji, Kaduna State.
The army chief, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Maj.-Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, said Nigeria would continue to deploy peacekeepers as part of its contribution to global peace and security.
According to a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report, Buratai tasked the personnel to discharge their duties in consonance with the UNAMID mandate.He said the rule of engagement in the mission gives them the chance to exhibit utmost professionalism while discharging their responsibility.
“I caution you to avoid any ugly incident that could tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army in particular and the nation in general,” he stated.He noted that Nigeria and the United Nations have high respect for human rights and protection of civilians in armed conflicts.
“Maintain zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, the army and indeed the Nigerian government will also not tolerate the contravention of these policies,” Buratai said.
The Commandant of the centre, Brig.-Gen. Adamu Dauda said the institution has a mandate to provide quality training for troops on peacekeeping operation.