MNJTF kills Boko Haram commander, 15 others in Lake Chad
Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) weekend attributed Nigeria’s declining participation in global peace-keeping operations to the country’s concentration of military assets on the war against insurgency in the North-east.
The minister’s position comes as the Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) said it has killed a notorious Boko Haram Commander and 15 others in ongoing clearance operations in the Lake Chad Basin.
Speaking at the United Nations Peace-keeping Ministerial Meeting on Uniformed Capabilities Performance and Protection of Civilians at UN Headquarters in New York, the minister said Nigeria’s participation in peacekeeping operations had declined as a result of the country’s commitment to the war against insurgency.
“Nigeria’s participation in UN Peace-keeping has declined significantly of recent, mainly due to her commitment to the war on insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country and sub-regional peacekeeping commitments. I am pleased to inform Your Excellences that a lot of successes have been achieved in the fight against terrorism and we are in the process of demining affected areas and rebuilding communities.
“These successes have no doubt been made possible with the collaboration from international community and countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission”, he said in a statement issued in Abuja.
Mansur Dan-Ali stated that “despite the above mentioned challenges, Nigeria has continued to play its role in supporting the United Nations and other stakeholders to achieve international peace and security. One of such areas is through the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji in Kaduna State.