ABUJA, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria on Saturday announced the deployment of 230 troops, including 19 officers, to Liberia on a peacekeeping mission.
The country's army chief Tukur Buratai said the troops were deployed to partake in the ongoing United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), said Buratai.
Speaking at a four-week intensive training on leadership and peacekeeping for the troops in Kaduna, the capital city of Nigeria's northwestern state of Kaduna, Buratai said the troops were expected to shun acts that could tarnish the country's image.
"You must observe human rights, and respect the cultural and religious sensitives of Liberians," the army chief said, urging the troops.
Nigeria has deployed more than 20,000 troops to 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa and across the world since 1960, according to data by the Nigerian Army.