- Three fallen Nigerian peacekeepers will be honoured by the United Nations on Friday, June 1
- The UN said 129 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives in peacekeeping operations during 2017, will be honoured
- The three Nigerians to be honoured by the UN are Ali Suleiman, Remmy Amakwe and Kolawole Shogaolu
The United Nations has said that three fallen Nigerian peacekeepers and others will be honoured in commemoration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
In a statement by the national information officer, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Oluseyi Soremekun, the commemoration will begin on Tuesday, May 29, and the honouring of fallen heroes will take place in New York on Friday, June 1, Premium Times.
NAIJ.com notes that according to the statement, the three Nigerians to be honoured include Ali Suleiman, Remmy Amakwe and Kolawole Shogaolu.
Suleiman, who was a lieutenant colonel, served with the UN Organisation Stablisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), while Amakwe, a warrant officer, was deployed with the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
Shogaolu on the other hand, served in a civilian capacity in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stablisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
On Friday, June 1, the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, will lay a wreath to honour those who lost their lives while in the service of peace and will also officiate at a ceremony to posthumously present the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal to the 129 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives in peacekeeping operations during 2017.
The UN under-secretary-general for field support, Atul Khare, said: “We owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who risk their lives every day in service to others, and we grieve with the families and nations of our fallen colleagues.
“But beyond gratitude, we owe our peacekeepers all the support we can muster to ensure they are well-equipped, well-trained and well-prepared to complete their missions successfully.
“We express our gratitude to the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag, saving countless lives. We honour the more than 3,700 blue helmets who have paid the ultimate price over the past seven decades. And we pay tribute to the 14 peacekeeping missions working around the clock to protect people and advance the cause of peace."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the last batch of 108 Nigerian Formed Police Unit (FPU) deployed to Liberia under UNMIL withdrew after five years following the conclusion of their mission.
UNMIL said the remaining 108 Nigerian FPU officers, the last UNMIL uniformed contingent remaining in Liberia, withdrew as part of the UN mission’s termination.
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