The Nigerian Armed Forces has deployed 57 officers and soldiers to Mali on a peacekeeping mission.
Drawn from the Army, Air Force and Navy, the troops are expected to depart Nigeria for Mali in a couple of days.
Addressing them on Friday during their passing out ceremony from the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji, Kaduna State, the Commander of the Army Infantry Corps, Major General Stevenson Olabanji who represented the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, warned that the Nigerian Army will not tolerate any act of cowardice or professional negligence while carrying out their operations in the West African country.
He also advised the contingent to abide by the rules of engagement, exhibit braveness as professionals and to also respect the cultural sensitivity of the people of Mali.
Beyond that, he reminded them of the United Nations’ zero tolerance on drug trafficking and human rights abuse.