ATMIS celebrates Nigeria Independence Day at an event in Mogadishu
On the occasion of Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day anniversary, the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has saluted Nigeria for its support to African peace initiatives.
Nigeria gained independence from Britain on 1 October 1960 and became a republic three years later in 1963.
Nigerian police personnel are currently serving in Somalia with ATMIS as formed police and individual police officers (IPOs), alongside counterparts from Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia.
The Acting Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Ms Fiona Lortan, on Saturday presided at a colourful Independence Day event held at the ATMIS’ headquarters in Mogadishu.
In her speech, Ms Lortan praised the west African country for its sacrifices and support for African peace and freedom.
“Since gaining its own political independence in 1960, Nigeria has made significant contributions towards the emancipation of other countries in Africa,” said Ms. Lortan.
“Nigeria plays a crucial role in maintaining and promoting peace and security in Africa. On behalf of the AU and ATMIS, I congratulate Nigeria and urge Nigerians to continue in your selfless service to mother Africa,” she added.
The ATMIS Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya, hailed Nigeria for contributing to global peace and security.
“Nigeria is recognised as a relentless advocate for global peace. Nigeria has so far contributed over 100 000 peacekeepers to over 40 peace support operations in Africa and around the world,” Lt. Gen. Ndegeya said.
During the celebrations, Nigerian nationals serving in ATMIS showcased the culture of their country through music, dance, and traditional foods.
A leader of the Nigerian community in Somalia, Paul Gimsay, thanked the ATMIS leadership for their glowing tribute to Nigeria and Nigerians, and reiterated their commitment to world peace and stability.