As part of contribution to United Nation’s peace support operations to West Africa, 700 soldiers from the Nigerian Army have been deployed to Liberia for a peace support operation.
Addressing the troop at their graduation ceremony from the Nigerian Army peacekeeping centre, Jaji, Kaduna, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika who was represented by the Commander 222 Brigade, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade charged them to exhibit high sense of professionalism and patriotism and to shun acts capable of tarnishing the image of the country.
He urged the troops to abide by the rule of engagement of the peace support operation and to respect the cultural values of the people of Liberia, wishing them success in their operations in the West African country.
Commandant of the college, Major General Zaruwa Uba said the troops were adequately exposed on standard operating procedures during their four weeks training ahead of their deployment to Liberia.
The Nigerian Army’s effort at providing troops for peace support operations globally will continue to depend on the type of training being given to the officers and men to be deployed.
As the chief of army staff wishes them a successful operation in Liberia, it is therefore hoped that they will put what they have learnt from the centre into practice.