16 West African countries establish Standby Brigade
Written by Emeka Mamah
Friday, 11 January 2008
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Andrew Azazi, says that 16 West African countries have established a regional West African Standby Brigade (WASB) just as the Gulf of Guinea Commission has resolved to form a Gulf of Guinea Guards to safeguard the gulf region. Azazi said that the setting up of the brigade was designed to prevent political and other crises in the area from escalating into civil wars.
He spoke yesterday while addressing students at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, during a tour of military institutions in Kaduna State.
The CDS said that Nigeria was expected to play prominent roles in the training, provision of base and personnel, as well as funding and other logistics in the formation of the two forces.
â€œWest African nations have agreed to establish West African Standby Brigade in the sub-region. Efforts have gone far in the formation of the West African Standby Force that will be organised and run by Africans themselves.
â€œThe force will have five formations all over West Africa and Nigeria is expected to play prominent roles. The Gulf of Guinea Commission also intends to form the Gulf of Guinea Guards to police the gulf.
â€œNigeria will play vital parts in the organisation of the two forces. One of the main points of President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua seven-point agenda is security in which the Nigerian armed forces plays major roles.
â€œSee what happened in Kenya recently, many people believe that is what will happen in Nigeria after the April 2007 general elections but it was not so.”