Mogadishu, 1 October 2014: The Acting Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Hon. Lydia Wanyoto has congratulated the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the occasion of its 54th Independence Day Anniversary marked on October the 1st.
Nigeria is one of five African countries that has deployed individual police officers and a Formed Police Unit to Somalia. It has a total of 165 police officers serving under the AMISOM Police component, which is mandated to train and mentor the Somalia police force into a professional and respected police unit.
“On behalf of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), I wish to extend our warm wishes and message of goodwill to the people of Nigeria on the occasion of their Independence Day. We join Nigerians in celebrating this important day as part of their long proud history in Africa,” said Hon. Wanyoto.
“We wish to acknowledge the immense sacrifice that the Nigerian Police Force has made in the peace efforts in Somalia, over the past 3 years through their contribution within the AMISOM Police Component. Somalia is now on the road to peace and peace in Somalia is peace in Nigeria. Peace in Nigeria is peace in Africa, and peace in Africa is indeed a major step towards global peace,” added Hon. Wanyoto.
As one of the leading countries in Africa, Nigeria has also played a critical role in many peacekeeping missions in Africa and in other parts of the world.