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Nigeria Wants UN Forces Leadership in Liberia

The Federal Government is seeking that a Nigerian heads the United Nations (UN) peace-keeping force expected to take over from the ECOMIL in Liberia on October 1. The indication to the move emerged weekend when the Military Adviser, UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations, Major General Patrick Cammaert, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Malam Saidu Samaila. Samaila said “we feel that based on the role played in Liberia and our capacity, the commander of the forces in Liberia should come from Nigeria,” adding “We have the capability, we have the men.” The UN peace keeping force is expected to be made up of 50,000 soldiers and 1,000 policemen. Based on the recent developments in the West African sub-region that witnessed two coup d’etats in two months, Ismaila solicited for assistance from the UN on the re-education of ECOWAS armed forces ion the fact that the world no longer had room for accommodates military rule. Full Story

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