President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the deployment of troops to Mali as part of Nigeria’s contribution to the ECOWAS security force put in place to reclaim the country from Islamic terrorists.
Director of Defence Information, Col. Mohammed Yerima, who briefed journalists on Tuesday, said a contingent made of 190 troops would depart for Mali within the next 24 hours.
Yerima added that another batch of the troops would follow in the days ahead.
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2085 of December 2012 had approved the deployment of ECOWAS Security Force to assist Mali in reclaiming the northern part of the country from Islamic militants.
While speaking with journalists at the wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, said the situation in Mali is a threat to security in Nigeria.
Since 2009, the Jam?’atu Ahlis Sunnah L?dda’awatih wal-Jihad sect popularly known as Boko-Haram has continuously threatened national peace and undermined the power of the Nigerian government to ensure security for its people, with the government being UNABLE to curb the menace or put an end to the senseless killings