By Danlami Nmodu
While x-raying Nigeria’s role in global peace support operations,Major General SZ Uba admonished Nigerians to realise that Ghana and South Africa are key competitors on the continent.According to Uba who is the commandant Nigerian Army Peace Centre at Jaji, while Ghana is Nigeria’s regional competitor, South Africa remains so at the continental level.He made this observation recently during a seminar organised by MASSA Course 1 ,2013 class at Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna as part of graduation events by the first set of Students to obtain Master in Strategy and Security Administration ,MASSA at the highly rated institution.
Uba who was discussing a paper by Lt General CI Obiakor titled :”United Nation’s Peace Keeping Operations:Nigeria’s Participation in Perspective” observed that Nigeria’s approach to peace support efforts is troop based not equipment based like the lecturer had highlighted.Uba however also reiterated the fact that countries which supply more equipment to international peace efforts are better rewarded.
Apparently in a bid to alert Nigerians to growing international competition, he cautioned that ‘as a nation ,we have competitors.Regionally, we have Ghana and even at the continental level, we have South Africa.’
These countries are striving to key into several fields. Nigeria needs to coordinate her activities especially by key stakeholders and ensure synergy towards more rewarding peace support operations. Above all, “we have to understand the game” ,Uba said.
Lt General Obiakor in his lecture listed the benefits of Nigeria’s participation in global peace operations to include enhanced foreign policy achievement,hegemonic status,exposure and performanance and higher level of training,enhanced institutional respect,demonstrated military capability and use of force.Other achievements the lecturer said include financial enhancement ,enhanced nationalism and patriotism and enhanced mobility.
By Danlami Nmodu