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Jonathan: Nigerian soldiers stay in Mali until crisis over  print

Published on January 22, 2013 by   ·   7 Comments

Nigeria will keep troops in Mali for as long as it takes to resolve the crisis and restore peace and stability to the country, the Nigerian president said through his spokesman Tuesday.

Nigerian soldiers in Bamako

Nigerian soldiers in Bamako

“Nigerian troops will remain in Mali for as long as it takes,” Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman Reuben Abati told AFP in an email.

Nigeria has vowed to send 1,200 troops to take part in an African force to help French and Malian soldiers fight Islamist rebels who have seized more than half of Mali’s territory and enforced an extreme form of Islamic law in northern towns.

The first 80 Nigerian troops left for Mali last Thursday.

Jonathan, Abati said the Nigerian president was deeply committed to helping “ensure that the insurgents are flushed out of northern Mali and that the situation in Bamako is quickly stabilised.

“He is also committed to working with Malians to facilitate the full restoration of democracy and normalcy in the interest of sustainable peace and stability in the country,” he said, adding that Nigerian troops would remain in Mali until all of these objectives had been achieved.

“Mali is of strategic importance for peace and stability in the entire West African sub-region,” he said.

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7 Comments for “Jonathan: Nigerian soldiers stay in Mali until crisis over”

  1. MALLAM SHEHU

    ISN’T THIS A JOKE, NIGERIANS GOING TO INSTALL STABILITY IN MALI? IS THERE STABILITY IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY, MR. PRESIDENT? WHY CAN’T YOU SOLVE YOUR OWN SECURITY PROBLEM BEFORE GOING TO SOLVE ANOTHER COUNTRY’S SECURITY PROBLEM?
    ALLAH DEY O!!!

    • obi steven

      Don’t you know that tackling Malian insurgents is as good as tackling Nigerians Boko Haram , because Northern Mali being Boko Haram Head Quaters will found it difficult to survive .

    • uba koman

      Open your eyes don’t you know that the people causing the problems in Nigeria are from this neighboring African countries, like Mali, Somalia, Algeria etc, Nigerians like life and don’t like to die, all those criminals came in the name of Allah to perpetrate their evil desires, are imbibing and teaches our own gentle muslim brothers to do same, Islam is a true love religion were brothers embrace brother with a clear heart those doing this are no true muslims

    • The president knows what he is doing, if you want to put off the fire on your roof, you don’t pour water on the flames but on the objects that are causing the flames, the problem in Nigeria is the flame and the objects causing the flames are in Mali. when these objects have been soaked with water, the flames in Nigeria will die a natural death, and there will be peace for all. Weldon Mr president.

  2. Sunny

    Mr President is doing what his Masters in the West want him to do. Hopeless President

  3. Sly Australia

    I think tthe president did an outstanding job with respect to the ongoing problem in Mali. Every Nigerians should be proud of this because we are now leading the way for other African nations follow suit.

  4. While helping the Malians we are helping ourselves.Shekau the ignoble Boko Haram arrow head is believed to be receaving treatment in Northern Mali.If the
    Al Qaida linked Mali rebels are supressed Nigeria may be out of the woods with
    the Boko Haram uprising in the country.

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