Thursday, 22 January 2015

Boko Haram: FG troops withdraw from peace keeping operations…Commends UN position on insurgency

Image result for PICTURES of boko haramNigeria may withdraw hundreds of soldiers on several peace keeping operations in about ten countries to boost troop presence in the north east counter insurgency operation to help defeat the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.
Coordinator of the National Security Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri who dropped the hint at a briefing in Abuja on Thursday stated that Nigeria started contemplating the move due to the pressing need for increased troops’ presence in the operational areas of the north east.
Recall that the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, in a recent interview with the Defence Headquarters in-house magazine disclosed that Nigeria is the leading contributor of soldiers in Africa and other parts of the globe.
Badeh said: “We have a lot of men in Darfur, we have a lot in Liberia and then we have many in Mali. In fact in more than ten countries, we have our men either on peace keeping or on peace enforcement.
“We are all over the place; you see our aim is to have enough to contribute outside while also doing our own internally and that is all that we are proving that yes Nigeria may have internal challenges but we are also able to give you assistance outside, that is what we are doing.”
At the media briefing on Thursday however, Omeri said: “There is urgent need for troops surge into operational areas. This may require the recall of Nigerian troops on peace keeping operations abroad to enhance the operational capabilities of the Nigerian military.”
He said the Federal Government commended the United Nations for condemning in strong terms the increased violent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on innocent civilians in the north east of the country.
Omeri also said that the government hailed the demands by the UN Security Council that Boko Haram should immediately cease unprovoked hostilities, human rights abuses and other violations of international humanitarian laws saying the UN remark gives hope to the country that the insurgency will soon end.
Mr. Mike Omeri who is also the Director General of the National Orientation Agency said at the weekly security briefing that “Nigeria welcomes the expression of international support for the defeat of Boko Haram working in collaboration with its neighbours namely Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin.”   
Omeri said that Nigeria was equally hopeful that despite the difficulties which militated against the operation of the Multinational Joint Task Force [MJTF] and its apparent collapse, the recent meeting of some African leaders in Niamey, Niger Republic on Boko strengthens the hope that joint effort will now be made to fight the insurgents.
He urged the UN Security Council and the African Union to give their approval to set-up, fund and deploy a more effective multinational force to fight Boko Haram which has grown to become a fearful monster in the sub-region.
Mike Omeri stated that the nation’s position on the matter is to remind the international community that Boko Haram has already become a regional and an international threat to peace and security and requires the concerted efforts of our country with friendly nations to defeat the insurgents.
“There is urgent need for troops surge into operational areas. This may require the recall of Nigerian troops in peace keeping operations abroad to enhance the operational capabilities of the Nigerian military.”
Omeri said the nation’s neighbours need to cooperate more with Nigeria on the effective management of border areas, while the Abuja Regional Intelligence Fusions Unit should collaborate better with the Intelligence Coordinating Centre based in Chad for proper intelligence sharing.
He said the Federal Government believes that to achieve better results, military and humanitarian assistance from regional and international bodies should be deployed along Nigeria’s border areas with clear mandate, command and control regulations and clear cut rules of engagement before the measure can work out.
On the newly released video where the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau was alleged to have castigated Nigeria soldiers for cowardice, Omeri said the government has commenced study of the material to confirm its authenticity.
The National Orientation Agency has equally called on eligible voters to ensure that they collect their permanent voters cards within the period stipulated for the exercise.
Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Mr. Mike Omeri made the call while opening a training session on voter education organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] for staff of the agency in Abuja.
According to the Assistant Director, Press of the agency, Mr. Paul; Odenyi, Omeri reminded voters that their PVCs are the only instrument that empowers them to decide the nature of leadership and the direction of development that the nation will have in the next four years.
Omeri assured of the agency’s commitment to ensuring thorough voter education and sensitization throughout the country especially at the grassroots level using the agency’s entire staff including the community orientation and mobilization officers in the 774 local government councils of the country.  



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