According to Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), the Nigerian Army has scaled back its participation in peace support operations around the world as a result of ongoing counter-insurgency and anti-banditry operations across the nation.
This was announced by Yahaya on Tuesday in Abuja at the start of the first Nigerian Army Peace Support Operations seminar.
“Nigeria in Contemporary Peace Support Operations Environment” is the seminar’s theme.
According to him, Nigeria has been involved in peace support operations since the 1960s and has made major contributions to peace and stability in the area and around the world.
The COAS took notice of the numerous initiatives carried out under the aegis of the African Union, Economic Community of West African States, and United Nations.
He claims that as part of initiatives to bring peace to conflict zones, Nigeria has taken part in more than 40 Peace Support Operations in Africa and elsewhere.
Yahaya claimed that Nigeria’s continued commitment to international security depended on its participation in the missions.
Nigeria, he claimed, had reached the commendable height of being the fifth-largest troop-contributing country to UN peace support operations in 2013.
“Subsequently, we were forced to reduce our participation, primarily due to internal needs.
“Having a platform like this is crucial as we make new attempts to scale up our engagement.
To stay up with the ever-evolving character of the operations, “it is to rub minds and discuss ideas on themes relevant to current peace support operations.
He continued, “The army remains dedicated to strengthening Nigeria’s standing as a force to be reckoned with in peace support operations.
According to Yahaya, the goal of the conference was to strengthen relationships with other security agencies and sister services to improve competencies.
He asserts that the operational environment of today is becoming more complicated, confusing, and volatile, necessitating joint and multi-agency coordination to maximize everyone’s strengths.
“A seminar of this kind is necessary for light of this and by the fundamental principles of professionalism and cooperation, which are important to my vision.
“As a result, this seminar also represents our own local effort to keep attendees up to date with recent developments in the field of peace support operations.
Because of this, he continued, “this conference is designed to improve synergy and collaboration with all security agencies involved in such operations.”
Former military adviser to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and retired Lt. Gen. Chikadibia Obiako praised the army for taking the lead in international assistance operations.
According to Obiakor, the seminar was yet another first in the long tradition of the Nigerian army setting the standard for advancements in the armed forces.
He claimed that, via peace support operations, the Nigerian army had kept up its crucial role in promoting world peace and security.
He claims that Nigeria’s military, and the Nigerian army, in particular, have contributed significantly to international peacekeeping efforts.
He applauded the Nigerian army’s efforts to strengthen the capabilities of its peacekeepers, in particular military observers, staff officers, and contingents.
We all know that peace support operations are typically extremely dynamic, and the current trend is what is known as integrated missions made up of interdisciplinary players with different specialties.
“Therefore, it is encouraging to know that the Nigerian army is being rather proactive by hosting seminars like this, where interactions between organizations with skills for peace support operations would be encouraged.”
He claims that by doing this, the participants’ abilities and comprehension will improve, and they will forge priceless links that are essential for optimizing performance during internal security operations.
Obiakor asked the attendees to pay close attention to the debate and pertinent problems to improve their abilities to carry out peace support operations.
Maj.-Gen. Olufemi Akinjobi, Chief of Operation (Army), stated that the goal of the seminar was to advance participant knowledge for the best performance in modern peace support operations.
Akinjobi claimed that by consistently deploying personnel for peace support operations, the Nigerian army had consistently contributed to regional and global stability.
Despite growing domestic pressures, “Nigerian army soldiers have cooperated with others around the world to facilitate the restoration of peace to various conflict regions,” he continued.
He claims that the seminar will extend attendees’ perceptions of duties that staff from different organizations could share and alternate based on roles and tasks.
Therefore, it is undeniable that this seminar is a significant endeavor required for the development of all organizations present as well as for the participants with a view to the realization of world peace.
He claimed that the application of newly acquired knowledge and experiences would be the key to its success.