Nigeria Deploys 700 Soldiers To Liberia On Peacekeeping Operation

ABOUT 700 officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army have again been deployed on peacekeeping operation in Liberia, just as the Army authority warned the troops to prevent Ebola through hygienic living in that country.

The troops were also warned to avoid any act capable of dragging the image of Nigeria and Nigerian Army to the mud.

The military authority insisted that the Army would not accept a situation where its soldiers are seen as soft targets.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen Kenneth Osuji, gave the warning while addressing the troops at the graduation ceremony marking the end of their pre-deployment training in Jaji, Kaduna State yesterday.

Osuji, who is also the GOC of the 1 Brigade, made up of the Nigerian Battalion (NIBATT) 36 in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), said the soldiers must work within the rules of engagement of the mission and respect the cultural and religious sensitivity of Liberians.

He warned: “Be reminded that the Nigerian Army will not accept any situation where its troops are seen as soft targets or conducting themselves in unprofessional manner, such as trafficking in illicit substances of any kind, including alcohol and drugs.

“Additionally, you must respect the cultural and religious sensitivity of the people of Liberia.

“You must exhibit the highest sense of personal/environmental hygiene, as Liberia is just emerging from an Ebola epidemic.”

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