MOGADISHU (Somalilandpress)-Nigeria’s minister for foreign affairs has angrily responded to a question asked by his counterparts from Uganda and Ethiopia at the AU summit regarding the deployment of troops in Somalia previously pledged by his country and when that was likely to happen.
The minister said there is no peace to keep in Somalia and that any claims by some countries that they are going to restore peace and security in Somalia are insincere. The Nigerian minister of foreign affairs said they were not going to deploy their troops in Somalia.
Mr. Ojo Maduekwe played down the situation in Somalia which he said has the potential for a lot of danger. The minister denied there is any peace worth keeping in Somalia.
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“Where is the peace that they are talking about? The fighting is still ongoing and we do not see any peace that we can send our forces to keep. Some of our military officers have gone to Mogadishu and failed to see a single place that was peaceful. We do not therefore know of this peace that is being spoken of that needs to be kept,” Maduekwe told to Ugandan and Ethiopian minsters on the sideline of African Union summit in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
Nigeria pledged to deploy their troops in Somalia on the 13th African Union’s Heads of States meeting. It has sent senior military officers to Somalia towards the end of last year to observe the situation.
The Nigerian officers underplayed deploying troops in Somalia. The statement by the Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister comes at a time Somalia’s government appealed assistance in the form of arms, soldiers and cash saying that could be used for restoring peace to the warn town country.
By: Abdinasir Mohamed