Nigeria to deploy troops to Mali this week –Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has disclosed that Nigerian troops will be deployed before next week to Mali to help its western neighbor battle rebels in the north.
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Jonathan made this known at a cocktail at his residence in the Presidential Villa, Abuja Monday evening. According to him, all hands must be on deck to fight extremism as no country knows when it will be her turn.

“We are confronted presently with a situation in Mali, let me assure you and the global community that as a nation we will work with other nations to make sure that the problem in Mali is solved. “Already our technical team are already in Mali so definitely the Nigeria troop will be in Mali before next week. “Of course we members of ECOWAS are meeting this weekend.

Our expectation is that by next week most other ECOWAS countries that pledged troops would have sent them so that our men will be on ground to assist Mali to liberate the country. “We can no longer surrender any part of the globe to extremism, because it doesn’t pay and we don’t know the next victim. We must collectively discourage individuals or group of individuals that will take laws in to their hands and make the world a place that is not safe for all of us”.

President Jonathan expressed his appreciation to all the heads of governments that stood by Nigeria during her trying times of floods, Dana and Helicopter crashes, terrorism attacks, the death of his younger brother and other tragedies. “I want to through you thank your heads of governments for standing with us at our various challenges and difficult moments. During the floods, the terrorism attacks, the air mishaps of Dana and the helicopter crashes and when I lost my brother.

“I also want to thank them for the support and goodwill for my administration last year and I look forward to work for our mutual benefits. “I am aware that building a strong economy will lead to a stronger country and we are committed to do just that. “I’m not one to diminish the challenges my country faces and that is why we are strengthening democratic institutions.

“We have our challenges but we will continue to play her international role to restore peace”, he said.

The Ambassador of Democratic Republic of Congo to Nigeria, Mrs. Olumba Kumba, who is the acting Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, noted that Nigeria enjoys international trust and respect.

She urged Nigerian historians to ensure Nigeria’s contribution to international peace and security are documented for the younger generation.

CNN reported on Monday that Islamist militants gained ground in one Malian town even as government troops stepped up their offensive to wrest control from rebels.

France took the international lead in assisting Mali over the weekend, with military airstrikes targeting rebel training camps and other targets.

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