Nigeria is the world’s 14th largest troops contributing nation to UN Peacekeeping operations, according to the latest data published by the UN peacekeeping.
The data obtained by the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York, showed that Nigeria contributed a total of 2, 170 peacekeeping personnel in 2016.
It showed that as at Aug. 31, 2016, Nigeria had provided 403 policemen, 46 military experts and 1,721 troops, out of which 232 were females.
According to the data, the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping missions are Ethiopia with 8,326, India with 7,471 personnel and Pakistan which contributed 7,161.
Jamaica, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Latvia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, contributed the least with one each.
According to the report, Nigeria ranks eighth in Africa after Ethiopia, Burkina Faso – 3,036, Egypt – 2,889, Ghana – 2,972, Rwanda – 6,146, Senegal – 3,617 and Tanzania – 2,341.
“As we start this new year (2017), more than 115,000 people from 123 countries work hard to maintain peace.
“They are civilian, police and military personnel deployed in 16 UN peacekeeping missions across the world,” the report said.
It added that the peacekeeping personnel were seconded to work with the UN by member countries.
“They come from nations large and small, rich and poor.