Mogadishu,1 Dec 2013
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud today welcomed H.E. Mr. Akin Oyateru, the Nigerian Ambassador to Somalia, to Villa Somalia in Mogadishu.
Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mrs. Fawzia Yusuf Adam, , His Excellency Minister A. F. Okoh from Nigeria, and senior Nigerian AMISOM police commanders, the Nigerian diplomat pledged his country’s commitment to supporting ongoing efforts to stabilize Somalia.
Nigeria will provide security, military and intelligence support to Somalia, in particular combating the terrorist group of Al Shabaab, which has accordingly links to the Boko Haram group in Nigeria. Nigeria has been participating in efforts to bring peace to Somalia since 1991 and provided peacekeepers to the UNISOM mission. It currently contributes a Formed Police Unit of Nigerian police officers to AMISOM in Mogadishu and this may be extended to Kismayo in the future.
The Ambassador presented the President with a letter from His Excellency President Jonathan Goodluck of Nigeria who invited the Somali President to make an official state visit to Nigeria in early 2014.