- Nigeria has been honoured by Sierra Leone as the country marks its 60th Independence Anniversary
- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, represented Nigeria at the event held in Freetown, the country's capital
- Historically, Nigeria has helped troubled African nations gain stability and continues to do so despite its own security challenges
Nigeria and some other West African countries were appreciated on Tuesday, April 27 by the Sierra Leonean government as the country marked its 60th Independence Anniversary at a series of events in the capital city of Freetown.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the presidency indicated that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, represented Nigeria at the event.
In a show of appreciation and gratitude to Nigeria, President Julis Maada Bio honoured Nigeria for standing with Sierra Leone, a nation that survived an 11-year civil conflict from 1991 to 2002.
Despite struggling with its own security challenges, Nigeria has continued to play big brother roles in Africa by consistently supporting other countries facing similar challenges.
Speaking with the press in Freetown after the event, Professor Osinbajo said it is a worthwhile celebration.
His official website quoted him as saying:
“It is a very happy event and we are all extremely proud of what the Sierra Leoneans have been able to do.”
Recently, at least 144 Nigerian police officers arrived in Somalia to boost stabilization efforts in the country.
The officials are expected to mentor the Somali Police Force and assist in public order management.
While some of the officers have been deployed to several states in the country, the remaining officials will serve in various roles in the capital, Mogadishu.
The officers will perform duties like regular patrols at checkpoints, guard static duties, and other assignments that involve general policing.
Meanwhile, the British Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, has described Nigeria’s security situation as massively complex, stressing that no partnership would resolve the multiplicity of the country’s problems.
Duddridge made the comments while responding to questions from journalists attached to Nigeria's ministry of foreign affairs when he visited his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama on Tuesday, April 27.