The Nigerian Army has so far trained and deployed no fewer than 43,000 of its officers and men to the United Nations Mission in Darfur.
The figures make the country the highest in terms of contribution of troops to the crisis region of Sudan.
The disclosure was made at the graduation ceremony of 800 – man troop given pre-deployment training at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji, near Kaduna on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, the General Officer Commanding, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lagos, Major- General Kenneth Minimah warned the officer and men preparatory for deployment to Dafur against any act of indiscipline capable of tarnishing the image of Nigeria.
The GOC who was represented by the Commander, Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Maj.-Gen. Kenneth Osuji, warned the troup to avoid circumstances that might lead to their disarmament by the Darfur rebels.
He said, “As you are aware, Nigeria is the largest troop contributing to the UNAMID operations.
“In this regard, you should strive to live above board and avoid anything that will ridicule the good image of our dear country as built over the years in the area of international peace and security.
“As your General Officer Commanding, I have confidence in your ability to execute your task in accordance with UNAMID’s mandate.
“But, I must remind you that Nigerian Army will not accept any situation where its soldiers are disarmed; hence the need for effective leadership at levels.”
The Commandant of NAPKC, Maj.-Gen. John Zaruwa, had earlier in his remarks said that the troop had received an appreciable level of training to ensure effective performance in any peace support operation theatre.
He said that the centre has so far trained 43,000 officers and men of the Nigerian Army as part of the nation’s contribution to the United Nations Mission in Darfur.
News Source – Punchng