Nigeria's peacekeepers return from Darfur to a warm welcome: another battalion from Shaki will soon be deployed to Sudan to replace them
The last group of the 680 troops who were sent to Sudan on a peacekeeping mission, arrived in Jos Airport, Nigeria on Saturday, regrettably one soldier passed away because of natural causes.Going by what I've read, they've done their country proud, proving great peacekeeping skills, patience, professionalism, fortitude and diplomacy throughout tough rules of engagement and working conditions. They all deserve medals.
The Guardian said the officer who led the mission to Sudan, Lt. Col. Yusuf Abubakar Armak, told the general officer commanding the division, major general Julius Oshanupin that the contingent suffered nothing else apart from natural causes.
The seven officers and 54 soldiers arrived at 12:55 on a space world plane after spending their mandatory seven months in the Darfur region of Sudan.
The soldiers were told by Oshanupin that the nation was proud of them. He said their movement to the country for the mission was a great challenge, said the Guardian.
"But I am happy today that you have all gone there, you have seen it and are back home very safely to the warm arms of your colleagues and your dear families."
"I want to congratulate you for doing well and also that you as individuals have benefited from this operation," The Guardian quoted Oshanupin as having said.
He disclosed that another battalion from Shaki will soon be deployed to Sudan to replace the returning troops.
Photo and caption from Soldier of Africa in Darfur. "Aug 15, 2006: Yesterday afternoon we had the inaugural meeting of the new Sector 3 Cease Fire Commission (CFC). Hopefully we will have success as they monitor the implementation of the DPA (Darfur Peace Agreement)."