As Niger Republic prepares to send 750 troops to Nigeria, its Defence Ministry has taken a jab at the Nigerian Armed Forces.
In a statement, the Niger Defence Ministry said, “Our soldiers are not like Nigerians. They don’t run.”
The Niger parliament has voted unanimously to send troops to join a regional fight against Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, in Nigeria. In all, the Multinational Joint Task Force of which Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Benin will be a part, will comprise of 8,700 troops.
A Nigerien lawmaker, Mohammed Ben Omar, who spoke on the development, said: “The resolution was passed unanimously. All 102 lawmakers present voted favourably.”
According to he president of the Niger national assembly, Adamou Salifou, “The pooling of the efforts and resources of concerned countries will contribute without doubt to crushing this group which shows scorn, through its barbaric acts, for the Muslim religion.”