The Nigerian Government has withdrawn 200 of its peacekeepers from Liberia. The peacekeepers comprising military and police personnel had served under the UN Mission in Liberia since 2013. The withdrawal is part of the termination of the mission’s mandate scheduled to end on March 30.
Maj.-Gen. Salihu Uba, who served as the Force Commander and head of UNSMIL’s Military component, commended the peacekeepers efforts while their operations lasted.
“As individual units and contingents, you have done remarkably well to keep the flags high, we are proud of your endeavours as significant contribution to peace in Liberia.
“Today Liberia is a success story and classical example of a post conflict nation that has emerged stronger than ever before.
“The country is indeed a symbol of hope for other nations engulfed in conflicts and wars” Uba said.
He prayed for the repose of the souls of fallen peacekeepers. He said, “As we are closing, the memory of those 159 persons and others in the Mission will continue to live in our minds.
“We will continue to pay special tribute to them and those who contributed to peace and security in Liberia.”
UNMIL was established in September 2003 to monitor a ceasefire agreement in Liberia following the resignation of President Charles Taylor and the conclusion of the Second Liberian Civil War.
Countries that contributed troops included Nigeria, Pakistan and Ukraine.