Defense Minister Showers Praises on Nigeria for Role Played in Liberia’s Peace Process

The Federal Republic of Nigeria has been praised highly by the Minister of National Defense, Maj. Gen. Daniel D. Ziankahn (Rtd) for its role in the peace and stability that the people of Liberia are currently enjoying.

Speaking on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at his Barclay Training Center office when he received in audience faculty and participants from the Army War College Nigerian (AWCN), Minister Ziankahn said Liberians both home and abroad will continue to carry Nigeria in their hearts and minds, in appreciation of the many sacrifices Nigeria made to foster peace during the Liberian civil conflict.

The Defense Minister went on to say that despite of all these sacrifices, the Federal Republic of Nigeria has continued its engagement with the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed forces of Liberia (AFL), stressing these engagements have greatly helped in the professionalization of the Armed Forces of Liberia.

Minister Ziankahn also paid homage to the late Maj. Gen. Suraj Alao Abdurrahman for his numerous contributions towards the restructuring process of the AFL, stating that most of his achievements as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia were initiated by the late Abdurrahman, especially when it comes to strengthening regional security in the Mano River Union (MRU) countries.

The delegation is in the Country on a “Geostrategic Study Tour” which is a vital aspect of AWCN’s curriculum.

Briefing the Minister on the essence of the tour, the head of the delegation, Brig. Gen. IU AKPAN, said the study tour is being carried out under the theme, “Border Management and Regional Security Cooperation in West Africa”. He further stated that after the tour, a comprehensive report will be written with recommendations, which will highlight the security challenges within the West African region.

For his part, the Commandant of the AWCN, Maj. Gen., Se Udounwa, praised Minister Ziankahn for his exemplary role and many achievements when he served as the Regional Chief of Defense Staff within the ECOWAS region.

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